3 July 2014
Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE: ORB) said the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, built by the company for NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, was successfully launched into orbit aboard a Delta II rocket.
The satellite was successfully deployed into its targeted 430-mile (690-kilometer) altitude orbit approximately 56 minutes after launch on July 2. JPL and Orbital engineers have begun a comprehensive series of in-orbit tests to verify all spacecraft systems are functioning properly. Orbital will manage day-to-day in-orbit operations of the satellite from the company´s Mission Operations Center at its Dulles, VA campus for the duration of the program. JPL expects OCO-2 science operations to begin later in 2014.
OCO-2 is the 151st satellite Orbital has built and delivered to commercial, civil government and national security customers over the past 32 years. Orbital-built satellites have now amassed approximately 1,100 years of in-orbit experience, a number that will continue to grow as the company is scheduled to deploy up to nine spacecraft in 2014 for commercial communications, space station logistics, scientific research and national security missions.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers. Its website is at http://www.orbital.com and on Twitter @OrbitalSciences.