Elon Musk called the Antares rocket a ‘joke’ 2 years before it exploded

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An Orbital Sciences rocket operating under a NASA contract exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday evening, much to everyone’s surprise — except, perhaps, Elon Musk.

Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, trashed Orbital Sciences for using outdated Russian engines during a 2012 Wired interview:

One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the ’60s. I don’t mean their design is from the ’60s—I mean they start with engines that were literally made in the ’60s and, like, packed away in Siberia somewhere. Read more…

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