Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Orbital Awarded Contract for Suborbital Launch Vehicle Research by US DoD

File image of a missile test at the White Sands Missile Range. DoD image.
by Staff Writers
Dulles VA (SPX) May 07, 2008
Orbital Sciences has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Defense for the Theoretical Studies and Engineering Services (TSER) program. Orbital will serve as a prime contractor to support U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force research and development programs managed by White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico.

The basic term of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) TSER contract is for five years, with an option for an additional five years. The total value of the contract is up to $100 million for the full ten-year period.

"Orbital is very excited to be supporting the White Sands Missile Range as a new customer," said Mr. Ron Wiley, Orbital's Senior Vice President of Suborbital Launch Vehicle Programs. "The TSER contract award is another example of Orbital's leadership position in the design, development and operation of suborbital rockets used to support Department of Defense research and target rocket programs."

In addition to the White Sands-based prime contract under the TSER program, Orbital is also a member of a separate Northrop Grumman TSER team, with company activities centered at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Orbital is one of the country's most experienced manufacturers and operators of short-, medium- and long-range suborbital boosters, science-related sounding rockets and high-speed anti-ship cruise missile targets. These launch systems are primarily used to test defensive weapons systems or to carry out exoatmospheric scientific and weather-related research projects.

Among the several hundred missions of these types that Orbital has carried out over the last 25 years, approximately 140 of them have been conducted from WSMR.

Related Links
Orbital
Launch Pad at Space-Travel.com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


ULA To Launch GRAIL
Denver CO (SPX) May 05, 2008
NASA has designated the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to fly aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II Heavy rocket. The launch will be provided under terms of a launch service agreement procured previously by NASA for this vehicle. The liftoff will occur from Space Launch Complex 17B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in the third quarter of 2011.







  • Russia's Energomash To Double Production Of Rocket Engines
  • Queensland Uni And NASA Sign Hypersonic Propulsion Deal
  • Rocket Mystery Explained With New Imaging Technique
  • NASA Awards Contract For Engine Technology Development

  • Orbital Awarded Contract for Suborbital Launch Vehicle Research by US DoD
  • Arianespace Takes Delivery Of Its Third Ariane 5 In 2008
  • Skynet 5C And Turksat 3A Are Fueled For The Upcoming Ariane 5 Heavy-Lift Launch
  • ISRO Scientists Meet With Prime Minister

  • Discovery's Payloads Installed
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives At Launch Pad
  • Discovery's Next Move: Rollout to Pad 39A
  • Discovery Ready For Final Assembly And Checkout

  • NASA-TV to televise ISS cargo ship arrival
  • US Congressional Subcommittee Examines The Status Of The ISS
  • Expedition 16's Whitson Hands Over Command Of Station
  • NASA Awards Space Station Water Contract To Hamilton Sundstrand

  • NASA Kepler Mission Offers Opportunity To Send Names Into Space
  • SKorea's first astronaut suffers back injury: doctor
  • Design Begins On Twin Probes That Will Study Radiation Belts
  • SKorea's first astronaut in hospital with back pain

  • Suits For Shenzhou
  • China Launches New Space Tracking Ship To Serve Shenzhou VII
  • Three Rocketeers For Shenzhou
  • China's space development can pose military threat: Japan

  • Canada rejects sale of space firm to US defense firm
  • The Future Of Robotic Warfare Part Two
  • Robot anaesthetist developed in France: doctor
  • Surgeons use robots during heart surgery

  • Phoenix Landing Area Viewed By Mars Color Imager
  • Opportunity Investigates Arthritic Rover Joint
  • Is There Life On Mars - Ask A Magnet
  • Spirit In A Catch-22: Stay Awake Or Sleep

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement