Antares rocket. (Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation)

Orbital Preps for Antares Hot Fire Test

Posted by Doug Messier on February 2, 2013, at 8:11 am

Antares Update
Via Orbital Sciences Corporation
January 2013

Orbital recently completed an extensive series of cold flow propellant tests, also known as wet dress rehearsals, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) launch complex at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The series of tests were performed to confirm that the launch complex’s propellant handling systems were performing according to specifications and were fully compatible with the liquid fuel first stage of the Antares rocket. With the completion of these flow tests, the Orbital team will begin to prepare for a “hot fire” test of the first stage, which is the final ground test before the inaugural flight of the Antares rocket. This test is currently scheduled to take place in February.

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