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Northrop Grumman delays next Cygnus cargo mission

Northrop Grumman officials have now revealed that it has been forced to delay the next Cygnus cargo mission to ISS from August to October because of “supply chain issues.”

What these supply chain issues were the company did not specify. However, the Antares rocket that launches Cygnus uses Russian engines attached a Ukrainian first stage. Northrop Grumman presently only has enough engines and stages for two more flights. While there are indications that the Ukrainian war has not yet prevented the delivery of future Ukrainian first stages, the Russians have blocked all further engine sales.

A new American rocket engine company, Ursa Major, is building a new engine capable of replacing the Russian engines, but the engine won’t be ready until ’25.

The delay could be Northrop Grumman’s effort to stretch out the schedule of its last two Antares launches in the hope that the Russians will lift their embargo, which might happen based on the firing by Putin of Dmitry Rogozin as head of Roscosmos. Rogozin had been the person who imposed the embargo. His removal suggests that Putin is trying to ease the tensions between the west and Russia, at least in the area of space.

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5 comments

  • “Supply chain issues’ looks to be the new ‘spend time with family’.

  • Col Beausabre

    Why would anyone trust engines made by alcoholic workers (“For every 100,000 Russians, 22,850 suffer from liver damage and 28,702 from cancer caused by alcohol abuse. Moreover, 16.5% of the male population are alcohol dependent”) of an avowed enemy of the United States….

  • Concerned

    Col. Beau: that is a “sobering” thought

  • Col Beausabre

    The Russians lost at least a couple of Mig-25’s when they had no de-icing alcohol left in the tanks when they started to ice up. “The Foxbat was dubbed “Flying Restaurant” by Soviet personnel who enjoyed partaking of the 132 gallons of pure alcohol needed for braking, cooling and de-icing.” They could have used undrinkable methanol, but somebody (doubtless later awarded the Hero of Soviet Labor medal) said, “Why not use cheap ethanol that any Vodka factory can produce…..”

  • sippin_bourbon

    Why would you ever make your product 100% dependent on a foreign nations that are not even allies.

    (Looks at everything we buy from China)

    Oh wait.

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