On 20 February, this year’s first launch of an Antares medium-class launch vehicle took place at the Wallops Flight Facility (Virginia, USA). The Antares launcher put into orbit a Cygnus cargo spacecraft carrying about 3,700 kg of NASA payloads to the International Space Station.
The Antares launch vehicle consists of two stages. The Antares Stage 1 Core Structure was developed by the Pivdenne Design Bureau in cooperation with Ukrainian companies and commissioned by Northrop Grumman Corporation (USA).
Ukrainian specialists provided real-time technical support for launching, receiving and processing telemetric information. In addition, the Ukrainian side performed a full range of design, testing and manufacturing of the Stage 1 Core Structure hardware for the launch vehicle.
Video of the Antares rocket launch: