Antares

Known as the Taurus II when in early development, the Antares is a single-use rocket and the flagship of Orbital Sciences. Capable of carrying up to 11,000 lbs. of payload into orbit and intended for use with the Cygnus resupply spacecraft, the Antares is scheduled to make its debut flight in October 2012.

Specifications

Length
133 ft. (40.5 m)

Diameter
12.8 ft. (3.9 m)

Mass
530,000 lbs. (240,000 kg)

Stages
Two with the option for three

Occupancy
Unmanned, primarily intended for satellite launch

Capacity
11,000 lbs. (5,000 kg)

Recovery
Expendable, not recovered

Mission

Launch Provider

Launch Site

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