Commercial Space – Part Two

Today we continue our look at the Commercial Space Industry and what Orbital Sciences Corporation has to offer.

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital is not a new comer to the Space Launch business having been started in 1982 and completed 62 space launch missions since.  They currently offer the air launched Pegasus rocket, the ground launched Taurus and Minotaur, all of which are Solid Fuel rockets.

They are in the process of creating the Taurus II rocket which will be a combination of Solid and Liquid fueled stages and Cygnus space capsule as part of the NASA COTS program.

Orbital are due to conduct their first test launch of Taurus II early next year and barring any problems Cygnus be middle of 2012.

I have no doubt that they will be successful with the Taurus II and look forward to the benefits having multiple providers will offer NASA and commercial industry in the future.

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