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October 31, 2014
Orbital Sciences Considers Replacing Russian Engine Used on Antares
Washington DC(RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014
The Orbital Sciences Corporation, that built and launched Antares supply rocket crashed in Virginia, may replace the spacecraft's current AJ-26 Russian rocket engine, once their investigation of the crash is finalized, the company's CEO David Thompson stated. "Orbital has been reviewing alternatives since the middle of last year and recently selected a different main propulsion system for future use by Antares," Thompson said during a press conference Wednesday. "It is possible that we may d ... read more

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