BS: Pushing Freight To Space Station – Antares Rocket Animation


The key word in the title is “Animation”!

Orbital Sciences Corporation looks to become the second commercial company to ship cargo to the International Space Station. The un-manned Cygnus spacecraft would dock to ISS with the help of the station’s robotic arm.

Virginia-based Orbital Sciences holds a $1.9 billion NASA contract to make eight unmanned supply runs to the International Space Station with its Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ferry. They launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

The two-stage Antares launch vehicle burns liquid oxygen (LOX) and kerosene (RP-1). The rocket’s height overall is 131 feet (40 meters). Its liftoff weight is 530,000 pounds (240,000 kilograms). The Antares rocket was originally called Taurus 2.