April 17, 2013 |
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.
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.