US Antares Manufacturer Says Will Complete ISS Deliveries by End of 2016

© AP Photo / NASA, Joel KowskyUS manufacturer of Antares spacecraft, crashed in November while on the mission to International Space Station (ISS), will complete remaining cargo flights to the ISS by the end of 2016, Orbital Sciences Corporation has announced.
US manufacturer of Antares spacecraft, crashed in November while on the mission to International Space Station (ISS), will complete remaining cargo flights to the ISS by the end of 2016, Orbital Sciences Corporation has announced. - Sputnik International
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The Orbital Sciences Corporation has announced that the US manufacturer of Antares spacecraft will carry out four of the five scheduled cargo flights to the ISS by the end of 2016.

WASHINGTON, December 10 (Sputnik) – US manufacturer of Antares spacecraft, crashed in November while on the mission to International Space Station (ISS), will complete remaining cargo flights to the ISS by the end of 2016, Orbital Sciences Corporation has announced.

"The company's primary objective is to fulfill its commitment to NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] for ISS cargo deliveries with high levels of safety and reliability and minimum disruption to schedule," Orbital said in a statement Tuesday. "These plans are expected to allow Orbital to accomplish all remaining cargo deliveries under its current Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA by the end of 2016 and with no cost increase to the space agency."

The company will continue the resupply contract with NASA even while the investigation into the crash is still underway, according to a press release.  Above: The first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket stands in launch position during pathfinder operations at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. - Sputnik International
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The company added that its Cygnus cargo spacecraft would allow to completion of all contracted ISS deliveries in four missions, instead of five planned previously, over the period of the next two years.

The company has partnered with similar launch firms for additional cargo spacecraft flights to the ISS. It has also upgraded the new Antares propulsion system, scheduled for three more launches to the space station.

Orbital have made repairs to NASA's Wallops flight facility as well, where the Antares spacecraft, carrying over two tons of cargo to the ISS, crashed on October 29 just six seconds after launching.

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