Thursday, 26 May 2016

Orbital ATK launch plans

A few days late in commenting on these, but Orbital ATK has had 2 stories this week, first on Antares returning to flight in July, second on a future LV based on the shuttle's SRB and Blue Origin upper stage.

Personally I'd have though a liquid upper stage for Antares would be a better bet, the core is comparable in size and thrust to a Atlas V but the overall payload is much lower due to solid upper stages. Of course this would probably be ineligible for USAF launches due to the Russian engines, but it could be cost effective for NASA and commercial launches (maybe could even put CST-100 or Dreamchaser in orbit?)

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