In this image released by NASA, an unmanned Atlas V rocket rolls out of the vertical integration facility to the launch pad, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via AP)
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A year after its Antares rocket exploded during launch, Orbital ATK is poised to resume cargo runs to the International Space Station, this time using a hired ride from United Launch Alliance, a Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co joint venture.Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital had completed a test flight and two of its originally planned nine station cargo runs under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA, delivering about 8,400 pounds (3,800 kg) pounds of a promised 22 tons of supplies, when Antares faltered on Oct. 28, 2014 .Orbital, which already had planned to outfit Antares with new engines, grounded the rocket and quickly settled on a new supplier, Russia's NPO Energomash, the same company that supplies the RD-180 engines that power ULA's Atlas rocket.
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