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Privately Built Antares Test Flight Successfully Launched From Virginia 85

After high winds (up to 140mph) delayed yesterday's scheduled launch (itself a re-do because of a cabling problem), Orbital Science's Antares rocket has made it to space. This launch was a test run, but Antares is intended to launch supplies to the ISS. reports: "The third try was the charm for the private Antares rocket, which launched into space from a new pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, its twin engines roaring to life at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) to carry a mock cargo ship out over the Atlantic Ocean and into orbit. The successful liftoff came after two delays caused by a minor mechanical glitch and bad weather." Congratulations to all involved.
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Privately Built Antares Test Flight Successfully Launched From Virginia

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  • Phones in Space! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by backspaces ( 747193 ) on Sunday April 21, 2013 @06:41PM (#43512021) Homepage

    I like this:

    Antares also carried three coffee cup-size Phonesat satellites - called Alexander, Graham and Bell - into orbit as part of a space technology experiment for NASA's Ames Research Center in California. The tiny 4-inch-wide satellites use commercial smartphones as their main computers.

  • Re:Interesting fact (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Bureaucromancer ( 1303477 ) on Sunday April 21, 2013 @07:01PM (#43512089)
    Can anyone confirm or deny if the supply of them is limited? I've heard a couple times that there's no real possibility of Orbital Sciences getting more. How many Antares launches can we actually get? As much as Orbital Sciences has done some impressive things I have some real doubts about the usefulness of this system.
  • Re:Interesting fact (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 21, 2013 @07:14PM (#43512147)

    I believe Aerojet licensed the *design* and built new, somewhat modernized engines.

  • by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Sunday April 21, 2013 @09:46PM (#43512705) Journal
    The fairing has had a lot of issues with OSC. In fact, NASA will only use OSC for finishing this contract and will no longer use OSC's launch group. Worse, OSC not only did not build the fairing, but they have not built the seperation system, the avionics, etc. They have done little to nothing.
    As such, they one of the most expensive launch costs going, as well as zero control. Within 4 years, OSC will be out of the launch industry. Instead, we are likely to see Aerojet and possibly Rocketdyne merging with one of the smaller builders and then building a tug/depot, or perhaps their own form of a land-able launch system.

    But as for OSC, with 20 years worth of launch, they have control over next to NO technology. They outsourced it to Europe, Russia, Aerojet, ATK, and a few others. IOW, they are finished.
  • Re:Phones in Space! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by spiritplumber ( 1944222 ) on Sunday April 21, 2013 @11:50PM (#43513081) Homepage
    I helped work on those. It was fun. :) The 1.0s use Nexus Ones and the 2.0 ueses a very gutted Nexus S.

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