Orbital’s advanced space programs embody the company’s philosophy of employing commercial business practices with innovative engineering, technologies and global best-in-class suppliers to develop and produce game-changing human-rated space systems, satellites and related systems for national security space programs, and advanced flight systems for atmospheric and space missions.
Human Space Systems
Orbital is one of two companies providing commercial cargo resupply services to the International Space Station for NASA. Our Antares medium-class rocket is used to launch our Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft to deliver the cargo to the space station. Under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, Orbital will perform eight cargo missions to the ISS. In addition, we are exploring opportunities to adapt the Cygnus design for other possible space exploration applications.
National Security Space Systems
We are applying our innovative, industry leading small- and medium-class satellite technologies to systems used for national security space missions and related technology demonstration programs. From smaller, more affordable spacecraft busses to hosted payload applications, we are helping to reshape the boundaries of National Security Space.
Advanced Flight Systems
Orbital is applying its heritage of advanced flight systems to design and build an intermediate-class air-launched rocket system for Stratolaunch Systems. We have developed the operational concept and completed the preliminary design for the air-launched rocket and will be responsible for the development, production, test and operations of the full system and related ground operations.