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Orbital Sciences to Build, Launch Satellite for NASA’s 2017 Ionospheric Research Mission

Orbital Sciences to Build, Launch Satellite for NASA's 2017 Ionospheric Research Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event

OrbitalNASA has awarded Orbital Sciences a contract to help the agency send an ionosphere-monitoring satellite to orbit in mid-2017 by using the company’s Pegasus rocket.

Orbital said Monday it also started production work on the Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite at a facility in Dulles, Virginia under a contract won in 2013.

The company is contracted to design, build and test ICON for the space agency as well as provide launch support services.

NASA will use the Orbital rocket to launch the spacecraft from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The company also provided air-launched rockets for the 2012 liftoff of NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array spacecraft and other U.S. scientific research satellites between 2002 and 2008.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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