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Orbital Sciences receives NASA contract worth at least $125 million

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NASA has selected Orbital Sciences to be the prime contractor on a five-year rocket operations contract.

The Sounding Rocket Operations Contract, a part of NASA’s small rockets program, has a maximum value of $310 million over five years, with an expected value of at least $125 million.

Under the contract, Dulles-based Orbital will coordinate rocket missions and will work with NASA to develop advanced sounding rocket capabilities. Sounding rockets are smaller launch vehicles used for high-altitude research. The work will be done at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.


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