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Posted 15 March 2015 - 20:08
Smart. SMART. That, my friends, is great strategy at work. Bigelow Aerospace and SpaceX have the "Keys to the Kingdom" right now. Orbital needs a couple of good flights to be back in the running.
To be fair, the idea of reusing the old Russian engines was not a terrible one, but since the fault wasn't the engines after all, we'll have to sit back and see what happens. Let's hope that the Assembly Crews check for the silica material being present in the fuel tanks before assembly in the future. If there's another engine-related failure during launch, Orbital will need to rethink using those Russian-sourced parts in their rockets. I personally hope things go well for them.