October 18, at 2:00:45 (Kyiv time), Wallops (Virginia, USA). Upgraded Antares-230 LV was successfully launched with Cygnus cargo spaceship onboard.
Chief Designer of the launcher is American company Orbital ATK, and the basic design of the first stage was developed by Ukrainian enterprises of space industry Yuzhnoye SDO and Yuzhmash PA (both Dnipro city) in cooperation with the Hartron-ARKOS" (Kharkiv), "Hartron-Yukom" (Zaporizhya), "CHESARA", "RAPID" (Chernihiv) and others.
The last year and a half Ukrainian specialists were engaged in modernization of the first stage of Antares, adapting it to the new engine. The decision to replace the Russian engine was made by Orbital ATK in 2014, after the rocket exploded because of the engine failure in a matter of seconds after the launch. Currently, changes to the design of the launcher allowed to significantly increase its energy capabilities and economic performance.
Ukrainian specialists participated in the preparation and execution of the blast-off.
This launch became the sixth in the history of the project and the first after upgrading the launcher.