Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world's leading
space technology companies, announced today that three satellites the
company designed, built and tested for the U.S. Air Force were
successfully deployed following their launch aboard a Delta IV rocket
from Cape Canaveral, FL on July 28, 2014. These deployments continued
Orbital's "summer surge" of operational activity that has included the
fourth launch of its Antares rocket which deployed the third Cygnus
cargo logistics spacecraft, a launch of the company's OBV long-range
missile defense interceptor, the deployment of the Orbiting Carbon
Observatory-2 satellite for NASA, and the successful launch of three
suborbital research rockets, all of which took place since late June.
This week's launch carried two Orbital-built satellites for the Air
Force's Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP). The
spacecraft will operate in near-geosynchronous orbit, collecting Space
Situational Awareness (SSA) data for more accurate characterization of
man-made objects in Earth orbit. The goal of the program is to enhance
the country's knowledge of the geosynchronous orbit environment for more
timely and accurate orbit predictions to imprve spaceflight safety.
The Delta IV rocket also carried the Automated Navigation and Guidance
Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite, another Orbital-built
spacecraft for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). As part of
AFRL's research in the SSA field, the ANGELS program will examine
techniques for providing a clearer picture of the environment around the
country's vital space assets. The ANGELS spacecraft will conduct
experiments in close proximity to the spent upper stage of the Delta IV
rocket that launched it into orbit. The Air Force will use the results
to evolve the ability of future space systems to responsively perform
SSA activities from a safe distance from observed objects.
"The capabilities of the GSSAP and ANGELS satellites demonstrate
Orbital's innovative operational approaches in support of our customers'
vital missions," said Mr. Christopher Long, Orbital's Senior Vice
President of National Security Satellite Programs.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and
space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers.
The company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles,
including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary
spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense
missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other
missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into
orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and
target vehicles. Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and
space-related technical services to government agencies and
laboratories. More information about Orbital can be found at http://www.orbital.com.
Follow the company on Twitter @OrbitalSciences
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