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May 25, 1993
Dynatem/OR Industrial Computers Inc. said it has signed a contract worth more than $1 million to provide flight computers for the Pegasus rocket. Dynatem said it signed a deal last week with Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp. to make computers for Orbital Sciences' Pegasus Air Launch Rocket, which carries light satellites into orbit. Dynatem is the exclusive North American distributor of Germany's OR Industrial Computers.
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April 21, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
In its maiden flight to space, a commercially built 13-story rocket blasted off from a launch pad off the coast of Virginia in a test mission for NASA. The Antares rocket, developed by Orbital Sciences Corp., roared into orbit after launching Sunday at 2 p.m. Pacific time from the newly built Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. PHOTOS: Orbital Sciences sends Antares to orbit Although it was simply a test flight to reach orbit, the successful launch was another crucial step in NASA's plan to hand off space missions -- carrying cargo and crews -- to private industry now that the space shuttle fleet has been retired.
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BUSINESS
September 20, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Orbital Sciences Buys Pomona Operation: Orbital Sciences Corp., a maker of space launch vehicles and satellites, said it purchased the applied science unit of Perkin-Elmer Corp. for an undisclosed price. The Pomona-based unit, with about 200 employees, makes space-related sensors and monitoring instruments. Orbital Sciences, based in Dulles, Va., said the acquisition would help it become "a full-service space company" that can offer rockets, spacecraft, payloads and related products.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Orbital Sciences Corp.'s launch of its new Antares rocket has been put on hold due to a technical issue that popped up when countdown was about 12 minutes away. The 13-story rocket was expected to blast off from NASA's little-known Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia at 2 p.m. Pacific time in its maiden flight to space in a test mission for NASA. But Orbital said it had to abort the launch when an umbilical line to the second stage prematurely fell off while the rocket was on the launch pad. "The teams are still gathering data," the company tweeted . "Most probable next attempt will be Friday, April 19 at 1700 EDT. We will provide confirmation soon.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Orbital Sciences Corp., the top maker of small satellites, fired its outside auditors while reporting unexpectedly weak results at a joint venture and a loss for the latest quarter. Dulles, Va.-based Orbital said it lost $15.8 million, or 43 cents a share, in the first quarter, contrasted with net income of $4.75 million, or 13 cents, a year earlier. It was expected to report profit of 2 cents, the average estimate of seven analysts polled by First Call Corp.
BUSINESS
November 29, 1994 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orbital Sciences Corp. agreed Monday to acquire Magellan Systems--a leader in the fast-growing consumer market for satellite receivers that tell hikers and sportsmen where they are--in a stock deal valued at $55 million. The deal opens potentially lucrative opportunities for San Dimas-based Magellan to start producing and marketing two-way personal pagers that would be part of a global communications system Orbital is developing for $150 million.
BUSINESS
February 10, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rockwell Exits Reusable Booster Program: Rockwell International Corp.'s space group in Downey said it plans to pull out of a venture to develop the X-34, a reusable small vehicle for launching commercial satellites. The venture, which also includes Orbital Sciences Corp., was working under the aegis of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Rockwell's action follows its inability to reach terms on certain business arrangements with Orbital, a Rockwell spokesman said.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wires
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.
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April 4, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A unique winged rocket made of advanced, lightweight materials has been readied for a maiden launch from a B-52 jet in a commercial venture to develop low-cost access to space. The Pegasus rocket, a joint venture of Orbital Sciences Corp. of Fairfax, Va., and Hercules Aerospace Co. of Wilmington, Del., will be dropped from the wing of a NASA B-52 over the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Monterey. The solid-fuel rocket is equipped with a 22-foot-wide, 600-pound delta wing made of composite materials.
SCIENCE
April 17, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
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.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wires
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.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1999 | Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Orbital Sciences Corp., the top maker of small satellites, fired its outside auditors while reporting unexpectedly weak results at a joint venture and a loss for the latest quarter. Dulles, Va.-based Orbital said it lost $15.8 million, or 43 cents a share, in the first quarter, contrasted with net income of $4.75 million, or 13 cents, a year earlier. It was expected to report profit of 2 cents, the average estimate of seven analysts polled by First Call Corp.
BUSINESS
February 10, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rockwell Exits Reusable Booster Program: Rockwell International Corp.'s space group in Downey said it plans to pull out of a venture to develop the X-34, a reusable small vehicle for launching commercial satellites. The venture, which also includes Orbital Sciences Corp., was working under the aegis of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Rockwell's action follows its inability to reach terms on certain business arrangements with Orbital, a Rockwell spokesman said.
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