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Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket launches Cygnus freighter to ISS

Capitalism in space: Early this morning Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket successfully completed its second launch this year, lifting off from Wallops Island and carrying a Cygnus freighter for ISS.

This launch is also the next-to-last for this version of Antares. Northrop Grumman is using up the last few first stages built in the Ukraine that use Russian engines, after which it will send the next three Cygnus capsules into space using SpaceX’s Falcon 9. It hopes to introduce a new Antares using a Firefly first stage following that.

The leader board in the 2022 launch race remains the same:

51 SpaceX
48 China
19 Russia
9 Rocket Lab
7 ULA

American private enterprise still leads China 73 to 48 in the national rankings, but trails the rest of the world combined 76 to 73.

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One comment

  • geoffc

    You have to give Northrup Grumman credit on Antares…

    They just keep pivoting.

    First the NK-33/AJ-26 engines fail them, onwards to the RD-181!

    Ukraine invaded, no more engines/stages? Onwards with Firefly for stage + engine.

    Good on them for rolling with the punches. Man it sucks to be them, but they persevere.

    Conversely, will this make Cygnus the most flexible payload? Has flown on:
    Antares 100 series
    Antares 200 series
    Atlas V
    Falcon 9 (soon)
    Antares 300 series (coming soon!)

    5 different boosters, that is kind of interesting. I guess some of the Boeing/LM/Loral satellite busses may come close. in terms of # of boosters the payload has flown on.

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