Episode 513: The Awesome Antares

On this special episode of Talking Space, we discuss the maiden voyage of Orbital Science's Antares rocket. Our very own Gene was in Wallops Island, VA and recounts his experience. We discuss the pre-launch festivities, the launch scrubs prior to Sunday's successful launch at 5pm EDT, as well as the way Orbital handled their media relations. We also discuss the future of Orbital as well as their fellow COTS member, SpaceX. We also compare the two companies and rockets and look at their potential for the future. Lastly, we discuss SpaceX's grasshopper as well as a fun story of seeing the launch from New York State. Tune in to hear exclusive stories and press conferences as well as launch audio direct from the launch site on this exciting episode!

The Antares lifts off on its maiden flight from Wallops Island, VA. Credit: Gene Mikulka

The first stage of the next Antares rocket sits in the Horizontal Integration Facility. Launch is scheduled for Summer 2013. Credit: Gene Mikulka

A panorama of the Horizontal Integration Facility at Wallops Island. Included in this view are stages for the next two Antares flights. Credit: Gene Mikulka

A panorama of the Horizontal Integration Facility at Wallops Island. Included in this view are stages for the next two Antares flights. Credit: Gene Mikulka

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gene Mikulka, Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded 04/22/2013

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