Orbital Sciences Seeks New Cargo Missions

By Mark Carreau
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
February 24, 2014
Credit: NASA

Orbital Sciences “Orb-1” resupply mission to the International Space Station ended a solid performance with a scheduled destructive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 19, concluding the first roundtrip for the automated Cygnus freighter under a $1.9 billion, eight-flight NASA contract—one the Dulles, Va.-based company intends to repeat while leveraging the accomplishment into new business opportunities.

Those include competition for additional cargo missions beyond the first NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) agreement, which expires in 2016, as well as new markets for the Antares medium-lift rocket that Orbital developed for International Space Station (ISS) deliveries as part of its participation in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

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