: Upgraded Antares with Ukrainian-made core stage completes ground test firing

19:02 Jun. 4, 2016

Upgraded Antares with Ukrainian-made core stage completes ground test firing

The image provided by NASA shows an Orbital ATK full-power test of the Antares rocket using new engines at the at Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA Wallops Island Test Flight Facility, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo)

Explosion seconds after liftoff in October 2014 destroyed a space station supply ship

Orbital ATK's upgraded Antares rocket, featuring newly-built RD-181 main engines and its first stage constructed by Ukriane's Yuznhoe Design Bureau, completed a 30-second test firing on a launch pad on Virginia's Eastern Shore on Tuesday. The basic design of the core stage of the rocket has been developed by Yuzhnoe Design Bureau and produced in Yuzhnyi Machine-Building Plant in the city of Dnipro, reports AIN.ua

This is reported to be the first major success of Antares rocket after its explosion on October 28, 2014 few seconds after the start.

The next step will be the test launch of the carrier rocket, the report says.

In 2014, the rocket accident occurred due to a failure in the engine AJ-26 (Aerojet Rocketdyne, United States). Ukrainian engineers had to change the first stage of the rocket so that it could work with completely different engine. This is the RD-181 engine produced in Russia.

With reporting from UNIAN, 112.ua, SpaceFlight Now

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