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02-23-2013 01:05 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Mike0251

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5 years of hard work. We achieved a successful hot fire test of our Antares launch vehicle last night! 750,000 lbs of thrust. Next stop space! I was responsible for all the major interfaces in the entire launch vehicle, built the entire vehicle in 3D CAD as well (SDRC-NX I-deas). Coordinated all this between the Ukrainians, Aerojet, and my company. The Russian vodka was pouring strong last night
http://www.nasa.gov/
http://www.orbital.com/SpaceLaunch/Antares/

Here are a few shots from single engine testing prior to vehicle integration. These tests were conducted at the NASA Stennis flight facility where the Shuttle main engines were tested. We lit two of these bad boys off last night side by side in the vehicle.

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02-23-2013 08:22 PM  5 years agoPost 2
busyflyin

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Yeah, I used to do those Estes rockets when I was a kid too.. lol

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02-23-2013 09:05 PM  5 years agoPost 3
GREYEAGLE

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What make's It New ??? Cost ??? FAST Mass Production ?? Mobile ??
We put a Man on the Moon in 1969 -

Is it a new something ?? Rocket engine's since ???

Is it Uber Cheap ??

What can it do ??? That's New, or are we re- doing ?

greyeagle

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02-24-2013 03:02 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Gary Jenkins

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The Russian NK-33 was modified and renamed the AJ26-58 by Aerojet . This AJ26-58 is shown during a test firing at Stennis Space Center
Country of origin Russia
Date 1970s

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02-24-2013 12:25 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Mike0251

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Correct Gary. Slightly modified and updated, but nothing major. These were the original Russian N1 moon rocket engines. There were approx 30 of these on their first stage! A plumbing nightmare to say the least. The ISP is still one of the best going in the industry to date. They were way ahead of us with LO2 Kerosene engines. We still don't have or manufacture anything close to this in the USA to date. The Atlas uses the Russian RD-180. Go figure.
The Ukrainians manufacture the stage for us. Mostly based on the Zenit launch vehicle. Again a cost savings measure for all.
The vehicle is privately funded by my company at great risk. We do have several contracts with NASA to resupply the space station. Currently NASA is paying through the nose for the Russians to bring supplies and experimental projects to station. Spacex has been there once with the second mission coming up. They started a few years ahead of us. There again, at cost savings to our government.
The goal here was to use private companies at a much reduced cost for NASA station missions or others. Far less than the cost of the Shuttle, and the current cost with the Russians. Eventually manned missions may come for both of us....maybe. An entirely different animal (requirements).
This was the first liquid staged vehicle my company has undertaken of this magnitude. It was a great deal of money to get to this point with jobs on the line. I am breathing a little bit easier at this point, as we all are.
The next test is coming soon. That would be the flight test. Dummy cargo (weight) to space, second stage test, and manipulating the cargo module safely. Then burn that up in the atmosphere. The third test will go to station with supplies. And that will be baby steps moving a little bit at a time to the station. If all goes perfect and we get close enough without any risk, then the grappling arm will capture us and berth us to the station.
I am damn lucky to be in this particular industry right now (private). Given the state of our economics and political madness, there isn't a lot of engineering left in our country anymore.

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02-26-2013 06:54 AM  5 years agoPost 6
Volcano

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A hillbilly did all that??? Congrats, wish you luck getting up there! Is this what they mean by "lofty goals"?

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04-22-2013 12:33 AM  5 years agoPost 7
Mike0251

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Test flight total success! Antares flight perfect! I still have a job...lol

Watch at YouTube

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04-22-2013 06:14 AM  5 years agoPost 8
Raptorize

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Gratz Mike0251 on your success engineering on this rocket!

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04-23-2013 02:15 PM  5 years agoPost 9
goautl

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What was the reason for this launch? test, mission...etc. And is the rocket now more space junk?

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04-23-2013 02:22 PM  5 years agoPost 10
shawmcky

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Excellent work

Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here

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04-23-2013 06:31 PM  5 years agoPost 11
misskimo

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Yeh, Take a vacation,
That look cool

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04-23-2013 06:44 PM  5 years agoPost 12
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Very Cool !!! Well Done !!!! AAta Boy !
Who's IS In IT ??

1960's all over again : Sorry -

But you DID get one off the pad !!!!! Cool

Using our stuff ? or Their's ??

Think we are still on the rental program eh ??

greyeagle

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04-24-2013 03:57 AM  5 years agoPost 13
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fwiw...

Excellent!....Please keep up the hard work...

John.

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04-24-2013 05:31 AM  5 years agoPost 14
Gearhead

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time for another Austin Powers movie

Jim
Buzz Buzz Buzz

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04-24-2013 12:39 PM  5 years agoPost 15
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Lots of "nominal" going on during that launch!

Good job

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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