Launch Vehicle to Serve as Ballistic Missile Target for Advanced Patriot Missile Defense System Test Exercise in 2002

Orbital Sciences Corporation
announced today that the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense
Command (USASMDC) has awarded the company a $5 million contract for a
ballistic missile target launch vehicle to support operational testing of the
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system.
The target launch vehicle to
support the PAC-3 test exercise was awarded through an existing option on
USASMDC’s Critical Measurements Program (CMP) contract with Orbital.
is managed at USASMDC by the Ballistic Missile Targets Joint Project Office
with sponsorship from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO).

For the PAC-3 test exercise, Orbital will design, produce, integrate and
launch a two-stage, guided suborbital rocket. Orbital’s Launch Systems Group,
which is responsible for the company’s space and suborbital launch programs,
will carry out the program activities at its engineering and manufacturing
facility in Chandler, Arizona.
The launch is planned for March 2002 from Wake
Island in the Pacific Ocean.
The target launch vehicle is based on Orbital’s
Critical Measurements Program-3B (CMP-3B) launch vehicle which completed a
successful mission for USASMDC from Wake Island in February 2001.
The launch
vehicle consists of two modified, surplus Minuteman SR19 rocket motors with
two Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) motors as boost-assists for stage

“We are extremely pleased that USASMDC selected Orbital to perform the
target launch services task order for this PAC-3 test exercise,” said Mr.
Ronald J. Grabe, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Orbital’s
Launch Systems Group.
“We have supported previous Patriot test exercises with
our STORM target vehicle at White Sands Missile Range and look forward to
expanding our role with the longer range CMP target vehicle for the Wake
Island-to-Kwajalein mission requirements.”

Orbital’s Launch Systems Group is a leading supplier and operator of
suborbital boosters used by U.S. Department of Defense customers.
In addition
to the U.S. Army’s Patriot and CMP programs, Orbital supplies ballistic target
vehicles for BMDO’s National Missile Defense program and the U.S. Navy’s
Theater Wide program and suborbital rockets for the U.S. Air Force’s Quick
Reaction Launch Vehicle program.
Orbital is also providing Vandal target
launch services and is developing the GQM-163A Supersonic Sea Skimming Target
to test U.S. Navy cruise missile defense systems.

Orbital is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of low-cost space
systems, including satellites, launch vehicles and sensors and electronics
Orbital is also involved with satellite-based networks that provide
wireless data communications and high-resolution Earth imagery services to
customers around the world.

More information about Orbital can be found at .

Media: Barron Beneski, 703-406-5000, or; or Investors: Timothy Perrott, 703-406-5997, or, both of Orbital Sciences Corporation.