The American Astronautical Society extends its support to Orbital Sciences Corporation, NASA, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in the wake of the Antares launch mishap on Tuesday night. The event reminds us that launching rockets is hard, and we salute the expertise and professionalism of all involved. While the loss of ORB3 is a disappointment to the entire community, our community is resilient. The best news is that all personnel are well and accounted for, and the International Space Station is well-provisioned.
Our thoughts are with all of the teams involved – Orbital, NASA, CASIS, the SSEP “Yankee Clipper” student experiments, and the other companies and startups that had cargo onboard. AAS members are supporting the FAA investigation of the mishap as well as participating from various positions within their respective organizations. We look forward to the resumption of Orbital’s flights once the mishap is understood, and join with NASA and the FAA in our support of ongoing commercial flights to the ISS from American shores.