Tonight, the first test flight of an American rocket middle class "Antares", designed to deliver cargo to the ISS. The missile is equipped with a
- Russian engines NK-33/AJ26 brought American rocket "Antares" to the planned orbit
The first stage of the launch vehicle, within which was equipped with two
NK-33/AJ26 — is a modified version of the legendary Russian NK-33 engine, developed over 40 years ago for the Soviet lunar program. The work on upgrading NK-33/AJ26 the mid 90s American corporation engaged Aerojet. Technical support to adapt the engine to the CR "Antares" in cooperation of foreign partners have specialists JDC.
"Today the Russian NK-33 in a modified version found its customers in the United States. In the short term, it will be installed on the Russian rocket and easy class. Of course, Soviet designers have formed a huge technological advance that allows and after four decades of use by power plants on
The launch is significant for the U.S. space program. In summer 2011, the United States turned the program of development of reusable space shuttles, which were used for the delivery of cargo and astronauts to the ISS. According to the plans of NASA, the message from the international space station will be carried out by private corporations. One of the contractors' plans to become Orbital Sciences, which has developed and booster of the middle class "Antares".
"The first launch of the carrier rocket" Antares "can be considered a milestone in building a strong international cooperation in space exploration. We are fully prepared for further fruitful work in the framework of the current project "Antares" and we hope that our steady partnership will continue in the new direction of the U.S. space program, "- said Vladislav Masalov.
In the near future to be held another start RN "Antares", now with actual payload. His date and time will be announced later.
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