Orbital Sciences

Engine firm to pay Orbital $50 million after NASA launch pad explosion

Engine firm to pay Orbital $50 million after NASA launch pad explosion

Nearly a year after Orbital Sciences' rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded at liftoff, an aerospace company that had refurbished the ship's aging Soviet-era engines has agreed to pay $50 million to the firm.

Orbital was operating the unmanned supply ship for NASA on Oct. 28 when it detonated in a fireball at a Virginia launch pad, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Sacramento-based Aerojet Rocketdyne had imported the rocket's 40-year-old engines in the 1990s, overhauled them and then sold them to the NASA contractor now known as Orbital ATK after a recent merger.

Both companies performed investigations into the fiery blast,...

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