Orbital is one of the world's leading providers of small- to medium-class satellites. Since the company's founding in 1982, Orbital has delivered over 140 spacecraft to commercial, military and civil customers worldwide. To date, these spacecraft have amassed nearly 1000 years of on-orbit operations. With the April 2010 acquisition of the satellite manufacturing business of General Dynamics, the company has added advanced medium-class defense and scientific spacecraft to our existing satellite product lines.
Our smaller, more affordable GEOStar geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) communications satellites are the right-sized answer for the delivery of commercial satellite services such as direct-to-home digital television, business data transmission, cable program distribution and wireless communications. In addition, we are a pioneer in networks of small low-Earth orbit communications satellites having designed and built the 35-satellite ORBCOMM data communications network.
Science & Environmental Satellites
Orbital is a recognized leader in small- and medium-class science and technology satellites that are used to perform scientific research, carry out deep space exploration, and conduct remote sensing missions, demonstrate new space technologies for commercial, civil, military and international customers.
Imaging, Defense and Intelligence SpacecraftOrbital was an industry pioneer in the development of spacecraft designed to provide valuable Earth imagery with the innovative OrbView series of spacecraft and the GeoEye-1 high resolution imaging satellite. In addition, Orbital’s small- and medium class spacecraft busses have a long and successful history of demonstrating new space technologies for defense and intelligence applications.
Ground Systems and Total Support
In addition to spacecraft design and manufacturing, Orbital provides our customers with total space systems support. We have designed and integrated ground systems for the command and control of in-orbit spacecraft, together with data management and distribution systems for many of our key satellite customers. Services also include procurement of launch services, customer support and technical training.