Orbital Sciences: Yep, That Old Soviet Engine Probably Blew Up Antares

By Sarah Zhang on at

When the Antares rocket exploded on the launchpad last week, a lot fingers pointed towards its 70s-era Soviet engine. Indeed, Orbital Sciences now confirms a malfunctioning turboprop in the engine was the likely cause of the explosion. The company remains committed to fulfilling its space station resupply contract with NASA, though, likely by buying (newer) Russian rockets.

You can read more about the old Soviet engine on Antares below. [Orbital via Reuters]