NASA said March 9 it had selected the members of the board that will investigate the Taurus XL launch failure that destroyed the agency’s Glory climate observing satellite.
AlliantTechsystems (ATK) and the U.S. Air Force successfully test fired for the first time the new Castor 30 upper-stage solid-rocket motor that will be used on the Taurus 2 rocket being developed by Orbital Sciences Corp., according to a Dec. 10 ATK press release.
PARIS -- Orbital Sciences Corp. said it is nearing a 7 percent operating-profit margin in its commercial telecommunications satellite product line and expects to raise the profit margin to as high as 9 percent by 2009.
WASHINGTON -- Orbital Sciences Corp. considered taking over Delta 2 rocket operations from Boeing before finally deciding to pursue development of its own solution for orbiting medium-sized payloads, which are becoming increasingly expensive to launch and a lower priority for the major launch services companies.
PARIS - Orbital Sciences has increased by 50 percent the annual revenue and launch rate it expects from its Taurus 2 rocket based on additional business expected in carrying supplies to the international space station, Orbital Chief Executive David W. Thompson said April 17. The new estimate is four to five launches per year and $300 million in annual revenue �starting in 2012 or 2013.
WASHINGTON -- It will take about 18 months of aggressive work to prepare the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport for its new client, the Taurus 2 launch vehicle, said Billie Reed, director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority that operates the spaceport.