Engine Failure Likely Led To Antares Rocket Explosion
The CEO of Orbital Sciences told investors one of two Soviet-era rocket engines failed to get enough fuel into a combustion chamber.By Cliff Judy | November 6, 2014
Investigators believe they know what caused the massive failure and explosion of the Antares rocket just seconds after it lifted off a Virginia launch pad. (Video via NASA)
The CEO of Orbital Sciences spoke with investors in a conference call Wednesday and focused on the main engines launching the resupply mission.
DAVID THOMPSON, ORBITAL SCIENCES CEO: "Current evidence strongly suggests that one of the two AJ26 main engines that powered Antares first stage failed about 15 seconds after ignition."