Boeing Electron
Dynamic Devices (EDD), a part of The Boeing Company’s [NYSE:BA] Space
and Communications business unit, recently received a $10 million
order from Orbital Sciences Corporation [NYSE:ORB] for amplifiers
that enhance the transmission of very low-level radio frequency signals
from orbiting satellites back to Earth.

The order marks the second contract for EDD’s linearized traveling
wave tube amplifiers (LTWTA), a recent product enhancement that is
added to satellites to ensure clearer communications. EDD is the leading
manufacturer of power and propulsion components for space applications.

The contract brings the total amplifiers ordered by Orbital to 96.
"In May, we were awarded a contract for 32 amplifiers, with an
option for an additional 64," said Charles Toups, general manager
of EDD. "In less than a year, Orbital has exercised its option
to purchase the additional LTWTAs for a total contract of more than
$15 million. This follow-on order shows that our customers have confidence
in us to provide quality, on-time products to meet their needs."

Orbital Sciences is one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers
of affordable space systems for commercial, civil government and military
customers. The company’s primary products include low-orbit, geostationary
and planetary spacecraft for communications, scientific and remote
sensing missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites
into orbit; and missile defense boosters that are used as target and
interceptor vehicles. Orbital also offers space-related technical
services to government agencies and develops and builds satellite-based
transportation management systems for public transit agencies and
private vehicle fleet operators.

Boeing Electron Dynamic Devices is a world leader in the design and
manufacture of microwave traveling wave-tube amplifiers, passive microwave
devices, and ion thrusters for commercial and military applications
as well as world-class satellite bus and payload electronics.

Boeing Space and Communications (S&C), headquartered in Seal Beach,
Calif., is the world’s largest space and communications company. A
unit of The Boeing Company, S&C provides integrated solutions in launch
services, human space flight and exploration, missile defense, and
information and communications. It is NASA’s largest contractor; a
leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems
integrator for U.S. missile defense; and a leading provider of intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance. The global enterprise has customers
worldwide and manufacturing operations throughout the United States
and Australia.


Ronea Alger

Ann Beach