(Orbital) — Company to Design, Manufacture, Test and Operate New $40 Million Low-Earth Orbit Space Science Satellite —
(Dulles, VA) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design, manufacture, integrate and test a new low-Earth orbit (LEO) space science satellite that will study X-ray polarization in space.
Under the $40 million contract, Orbital will provide the spacecraft bus and conduct mission operations for the Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Gravity and Extreme Magnetism (GEMS) mission. The GEMS contract was awarded to Orbital under the space agency’s Small Explorer (SMEX) series of cost efficient and highly productive space science satellites. Orbital has built several other SMEX satellites for NASA, including the in-orbit GALEX, AIM and IBEX spacecraft, and is currently developing the NuSTAR spacecraft that is scheduled for launch in 2011. The GEMS mission is being led by the project’s Principal Investigator Dr. Jean Swank and is being managed by GSFC. It is currently scheduled to launch no later than 2015.
“Orbital is very pleased to be able to continue our support for NASA’s SMEX program with our selection by the Goddard Space Flight ...