spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


Orbital Sciences renames Taurus II rocket "Antares"
Posted: Tue, Dec 13, 2011, 7:24 AM ET (1224 GMT)
Antares launch illustration (Orbital Sciences Corp.) Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Monday that it is renaming the Taurus II rocket it is developing to launch cargo missions to the ISS to "Antares". Company officials explained that a rocket the "scale and significance" of the Taurus II, the largest rocket developed by the company, deserved its own name. The name change also avoids any confusion with the different, smaller Taurus XL rocket, which suffered failures in its last two launch attempts. Antares will initially be used to launch Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the ISS under a contract with NASA, although the company seeks to use the rocket for other medium-class payloads as well. The first Antares launch, a demonstration mission, is planned for early 2012.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Chinese satellites raising orbits after launch anomaly
Posted: Sat, Dec 31 10:51 AM ET (1551 GMT)

SpaceX preparing for Iridium return-to-flight launch
Posted: Sat, Dec 31 10:50 AM ET (1550 GMT)

Proton launch of EchoStar-21 delayed
Posted: Sat, Dec 31 10:49 AM ET (1549 GMT)

news links
Tuesday, February 21
Kacific puts in order for new Asia Pacific satellite
Radio New Zealand — 6:13 am ET (1113 GMT)
Thaicom 9 at risk of being scrapped in licence fee row
Bangkok Post — 6:10 am ET (1110 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list