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Cygnus CRS OA-9 (S.S. J.R. Thompson)

Antares 230

Orbital ATK

Launch Status


Cygnus CRS OA-9 (S.S. J.R. Thompson)

Type: Resupply

This is the tenth planned flight of the Orbital ATK's unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its ninth flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.


Launch Area 0 A

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

21 rockets have launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA.

Launch Area 0 A, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA


Antares 230

Length: 42.5 meters
Diameter: 3.9 meters
First Launch: October 17, 2016

Antares known during early development as Taurus II, is an expendable launch system developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation (now part of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems after Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK) and the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau to launch the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s COTS and CRS programs. Able to launch payloads heavier than 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) into low-Earth orbit, Antares is the largest rocket operated by Orbital ATK. Antares launches from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and made its inaugural flight on April 21, 2013.

The Antares 230 rocket has been launched a total of 5 times with 5 successful and 0 failed launches.


Orbital ATK

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: OA
Administration: David W. Thompson
Founded: 2015
Launchers: Antares | Minotaur | Pegasus

Country: USA

Orbital ATK Inc. is an American aerospace manufacturer and defense industry company. It was formed in 2015 from the merger of Orbital Sciences Corporation and parts of Alliant Techsystems. Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. Antares launches from Wallops in Virginia. Minotaur has many launch sites, with the most active now being Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg. Pegasus is an air launched vehicle from an aircraft and so has many launch locations.

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