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Launch of the Antares rocket postponed for additional checks of the support system for the 2nd booster stage

The launch of the Antares rocket has, according to preliminary information, been postponed until Friday, April 19. The reason for the postponement is the need to run additional checks on the support system for the second booster stage of the rocket. There was no comment on the first stage of the Antares rocket, which includes an NK-33/AJ26 engine, developed in Russia and modified by the American engine-building company Aerojet.

The first flight of the Antares rocket was planned for the night of April 17-18, 2013, from the NASA launching center in Virginia, USA. About 20 minutes before the scheduled start time, the decision was made to postpone it. Technical support for the adaptation of the NK-33/AJ26 engine for the Antares is provided by specialists from the Samara Company Kuznetsov (part of the United Engine Corporation) in cooperation with Aerojet.

The medium-class Antares rocket was developed by the American corporation Orbital Sciences to deliver freight to the International Space Station. The test flight for the Antares is a 603-second-long mission. The program for the experimental flight envisages the rocket carrying a simulated actual load to a planned orbit (250×300 km high) with an angle of travel of 51.6 degrees. The precise time of the postponed launch of the Antares rocket can be confirmed on at and

Kuznetsov is one of the largest companies making aviation and space engines. It is part of the United Engine Corporation.

Managing Company JSC United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. More than 85 % of the leading companies specializing in development, mass production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine technology are integrated into UEC, as well as key companies in other selected fields. One of UECs priority directions is implementing comprehensive programs for developing companies by implementing new technologies that meet international standards

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies established in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities include helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.

Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations. The corporation includes 8 holdings in the military-industrial complex, and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2011 net profit was 45.6 billion rubles, and it paid a total of 100 billion rubles in taxes at all levels.