Launch explosion slightly affects Madison company


October 30, 2014


MADISON A Wisconsin company that makes products for use in space is only slightly affected by the launch explosion of a space station supply rocket.

A spokesman tells the Wisconsin State Journal ( ) that Madison's Orbital Technologies Corp., better known as Orbitec, had only external LED lights on the rocket.

Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned Antares rocket blew up just moments after liftoff Tuesday evening from the Virginia coast.

Orbitec makes rocket engines, life support systems for astronauts and plant growing units for use in space. The company was bought in July by Sierra Nevada Corp.


Associated Press