Antares 230+ Antares 230+
Cygnus CRS-2 NG-18

This is the 18th flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 17th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Mission Type Resupply
Orbit Low Earth Orbit
Antares 230+
Antares 230+

Antares known during early development as Taurus II, is an expendable launch system developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation (now part of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems after Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK) and the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau to launch the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of NASA's COTS and CRS programs. Able to launch payloads heavier than 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) into low-Earth orbit, Antares is the largest rocket operated by Orbital ATK. Antares launches from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and made its inaugural flight on April 21, 2013.

Manufacturer Northrop Grumman Space Systems
Thrust 3844kN
Length 42.5m
Diameter 3.9m
LEO Capacity 8200kg
GTO Capacity Unknown
Launch Cost Unknown
Northrop Grumman Space Systems
Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Northrup Grumman Space Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defence and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. They aquired Orbital ATK in 2018 along with its launchers and ongoing missions.

Type Commercial
Administrator CEO: Kathy Warden
Launch Vehicles Antares | Minotaur | Pegasus
Spacecraft Cygnus
Launch Area 0 A
Launch Area 0 A
Location Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Total Launches 17
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