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February 11, 2013
16:24 EDTORBOrbital Sciences Landsat satellite successfully launched
Orbital Sciences announced that the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, or LDCM, satellite was successfully launched into orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base earlier. Orbital designed, built and tested the LDCM satellite under a contract from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, GSFC, at the company's Gilbert, AZ manufacturing facility. Lift-off took place at 10:02 a.m. PST. The mission operations team has confirmed that it is able to command and communicate with the satellite and that its solar array, which provides electrical power to the two onboard scientific instruments, is fully deployed and operating as designed. The LCDM has a service life of five years.
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August 18, 2014
12:28 EDTORBOrbital nearing launch of its third CRS mission of 2014
Orbital Sciences announced the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9B Commercial Resupply Services, CRS, contract with NASA. The company also noted that it is nearing the launch of its third CRS mission of 2014, which is currently scheduled to take place in mid-October.

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