April 17, 2013 |
Free live streaming by Ustream Skip your afternoon coffee break Wednesday and watch a live rocket launch instead. On Wednesday afternoon, NASA will stream the first test flight of the 13-story Antares rocket, and you can watch it live right here. The launch is scheduled for 2 p.m. PDT, but NASA's coverage will begin at 1 p.m. PDT. Antares is currently standing at attention at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, a little-known launchpad off the coast of Virginia, ready for a trip that will take it 160 miles above the Earth, carrying an 8,300-pound dummy cargo capsule.
April 16, 2013 |
On a little-known launch pad off the coast of Virginia, a team of about 200 engineers and technicians is readying a 13-story rocket for its maiden flight to space in a test mission for NASA. The Antares rocket, developed by Orbital Sciences Corp., is going through final preparations for a 2 p.m. Pacific time blastoff planned for Wednesday. The eyes of the U.S. government will be on the launch to see whether the two-engine booster has the right stuff. NASA has invested about $288 million in seed money to help the Dulles, Va., company develop its technology, and has an additional $1.9 billion on the table with a contract for eight flights to transport cargo to the International Space Station in the coming years.
August 6, 2008 |
Orbital Sciences Corp. said it would open an engineering and technology center in Southern California to attract more aerospace engineers. The Huntington Beach center will open in the fall. It will employ 30 to 40 engineers to support Orbital's Taurus II, a launch system designed to ferry cargo to the International Space Station, as well as missile defense projects and regional suppliers. Dulles, Va.-based Orbital's California workforce, which includes employees at Vandenberg Air Force Base and NASA's Ames Research Center, will increase to about 150 people.
May 28, 2005 |
Orbital Sciences Corp., which makes launch vehicles used to put satellites into orbit, said U.S. agents had conducted searches at two of its facilities in what the company believes is an investigation into contracting procedures on certain government launch vehicle programs. Orbital said search warrants were executed Thursday at its Dulles, Va., and Chandler, Ariz., facilities and that company executives were fully cooperating with the investigators.
September 26, 2001
* Orbital Imaging Corp., the closely held operator of satellites used to take digital photographs of Earth, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Major shareholders, including its largest, satellite maker Orbital Sciences Corp., have agreed to a restructuring plan, the Dulles, Va.-based company said. Orbital Sciences shares fell 70 cents to $2.15 on the NYSE. * * Infogrames Inc.
December 28, 1999 |
Lowrance Electronics Inc., a maker of global positioning satellites, said it canceled a planned $27.5-million buyout by Orbital Sciences Corp. because Orbital's bankers didn't approve the agreement by the Thursday deadline. Orbital, which is losing money on a joint venture and restating quarterly results, has its credit lines frozen and required bankers' approval for the purchase. Orbital couldn't tell Lowrance when that approval would come, Lowrance spokesman Mark Wilmoth said.