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Soviet power is a myth. Great show. There are no spare parts. Nothing is working, nothing, it's nothing but painted rust. But you, you need to keep the Russian myth alive to maintain your military industrial complex. Your system depends on Russian being perceived as a mortal threat. It's not a threat. It was never a threat. It will never be a threat. It's a rotted, bloated cow.
originally posted by: nonjudgementalist
Maybe the Russian space industry should give tips to NASA about how to send a rocket into space without it exploding, in exchange for tips from AirForceOne to the Russian Air Force about building and maintaining sound aircraft...
The Antares itself is a product of the Orbital Sciences Corporation. Designed to launch a Cygnus spacecraft with an 11,000 pound payload into low earth orbit as part of a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Space Act Agreement, the Antares performed four successful spacecraft launches before last week's spectacular failure. Presently, OSC engineers suspect the fault lies within the Antares' first-stage rocket engine: the Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-26.
The AJ-26 has a bit of a history. Originally named the NK-33, it was actually first developed by the Kuznetsov Design Bureau in the 1970s to lift the Russian NI rocket into space as part of the Soviet Union's ill-fated moonshot attempt. It's a 12-foot tall, 1200-pound liquid oxygen-kerosene turbopump design boasting 338,000 lbf of thrust at sea level. The Soviets spent $1.3 billion and more than a decade developing the NK-33, eventually producing more than 200 of the engines before the Union's fall in 1991.