CRS Orb-3

Launch Time
Tue Oct 28, 2014 22:22 UTC

LOX turbopump failure at T+6 seconds. The rocket fell back onto the pad and exploded. First Antares launch to use Castor 30XL upper stage. Last flight of Antares 130, and last flight of NK-33 engines on Antares.


Antares 130
Image Credit: NASA
Status: Retired
Price: $80.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 3,265 kN
Payload to LEO: 5,100 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 40.5 m
Fairing Diameter: 3.94 m
Fairing Height: 9.87 m

Mission Details

Cygnus Orb-3

Cygnus Orb-3 is a cargo resupply mission of the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.

Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) and NASA jointly developed a new space transportation system to provide commercial cargo resupply services to the International Space Station. The Cygnus cargo ship consists of two parts, a service module built in the USA based on the GEOStar platform, and a pressurized module, manufactured in France and Italy by Thales Alenia. The cargo is sent into orbit by a launcher specially developed for this purpose.

Antares has a first stage based on Energiya lateral blocks, made in Ukraine by Yuzhnoye. It was initially powered by two NK-33s, built in the 1960s for the Soviet N1 lunar launcher, before being replaced by RD-181s, derived from the RD-170s installed on Energiya and Zenit. The second stage, a Castor-30, is made in the USA, by Northrop Grumman.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,215.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit


LP-0A, Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, USA



68th orbital launch attempt


5th mission
3rd mission of 2014
1st failed mission