Orbital ATK conducts major test of Antares rocket
The Earth shook (and so did the cameras) as Orbital ATK successfully conducted a test of the first stage of its Antares medium-class rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on May 31, 2016.
The main engines on the vehicle were ignited for 30 seconds as the rocket was held down on a launch pad in what is known as a ‘hot fire test’.
“Early indications show the upgraded propulsion system, core stage and launch complex all worked together as planned,” said Mike Pinkston, Orbital ATK General Manager and Vice President, Antares Program. “Congratulations to the combined NASA, Orbital ATK and Virginia Space team on a successful test.”
The successful test will clear the way for Orbital ATK to resume cargo resupply services to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for July.