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09.01.2014

New start for the Antares rocket: the NK-33/AJ-26 engines worked successfully

Today, January 9, 2014, at 22:07 Moscow Time from the MARS facility on Wallace Island (Virginia) the next successful start of the American Antares mid-weight rocket took place. The NK-33/AJ-26 engines in the first phase operated without any issues.

With the help of the NK-33/AJ26 engines, modified by the American engine-building company Aerojet Rocketdyne jointly with specialists from Kuznetsov (part of United Engine Corporation), the rocket successfully launched into its planned orbit with the Cygnus freight spaceship.

The freight ship is planned to meet with the International Space Station on January 12. Cygnus will deliver cargo weighing 1,465 kg for the needs of the crew of the 38/39 sustained expedition.

This is already the third start for the American rocket developed by the company Orbital Sciences. As a part of two preliminary test flights of Antares, in April and September 2013, the NK-33/AJ26 engines operated perfectly.

This start opens a series of scheduled deliveries of vital cargo to the ISS. Under contract between Orbital Sciences and NASA, by 2016 the company plans 8 Antares launches, intending to deliver up to 20,000 kg of cargo.

For Kuznetsov this launch was another step in the implementation of the project to establish mass production of the NK-33 engine, work on which continues in two directions: as a part of the foreign contract with Aerojet Rocketdyne on the Antares mid-weight rocket, and also on the domestic project Progress to launch the light-weigh Soyuz-2-1v.

The NK-33 engine has confirmed its reliability in flight many times. It demonstrated all its potential in the long-awaited launch of the domestic lightweight rocket the Soyuz-2-1v, which successfully took place on December 28, 2013.

Information: The NK-33 engine was created by designer Nikoay Dmitrievich Kuznetsov for the first stage of the lunar rocket the N1-L3 in the late 1960s-early 1970s. In 1974 the lunar program was closed down. The existing NK-33s were ordered to be destroyed. But Kuznetsov was able to save them. In the 1990s the NK-33 engine was presented at an exhibition in Moscow, where it drew tremendous interest from domestic and foreign partners.

2013 was a key year from the point of view of work on the NK-33. On April 22, 2013, two NK-33/AJ26 engines provided the first successful start for the Antares rocket, and its second launch took place on September 18, during which useful cargo was delivered to the International Space Station for the stations summer crew.

New start for the Antares rocket: the NK-33/AJ-26 engines worked successfully

New start for the Antares rocket: the NK-33/AJ-26 engines worked successfully

New start for the Antares rocket: the NK-33/AJ-26 engines worked successfully

New start for the Antares rocket: the NK-33/AJ-26 engines worked successfully

New start for the Antares rocket: the NK-33/AJ-26 engines worked successfully

Kuznetsov is one of the largest companies in aviation and space engine-building. It is a part of the United Engine Corporation.

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

United Industrial Corporation OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary areas of business are helicopters (Russian Helicopters), and engine-building (UEC).

Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations including 8 holding in the military-industrial complex and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent regions of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2012 turnover was 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels.

Contacts for press

Elena Merkulova

+ 7(846)312-70-81

+7(917)154-96-02

merkulova@kuznetsov-motors.ru

merkulovael@list.ru

Yanina Melnikova

+ 7(846)312-70-81

+7(917)959-89-11

melnikova@kuznetsov-motors.ru


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