antares

Orbital Sciences: Yep, That Old Soviet Engine Probably Blew Up Antares

Orbital Sciences: Yep, That Old Soviet Engine Probably Blew Up Antares

When the Antares rocket exploded on the launchpad last week, a lot fingers pointed toward its 70s-era Soviet engine. Indeed, Orbital Sciences now confirms a malfunctioning turbopump in the engine was the likely cause of the explosion. The company remains committed to fulfilling its space station resupply contract with NASA,…

The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way NASA Decides When To Blow Up A Rocket

The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way NASA Decides When To Blow Up A Rocket

When the Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday night, NASA was able to account for all its employees very quickly after the failure thanks to a clearly very well-practised protocol. The launch gave us a peek into the processes that dictate every rocket launch, and one of them…