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  • 30-Jun-2008 08:33 EDT

NASA selected Orbital Sciences Corp. to demonstrate a new space transportation system for delivering cargo to the International Space Station. In a three-year, $320 million cooperative program, NASA will invest $170 million and Orbital will contribute $150 million (including its planned Taurus II launch vehicle development investment) in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) project. The system will consist of a new advanced maneuvering spacecraft called Cygnus, along with several interchangeable modules for pressurized and unpressurized cargo, and it will be launched on Orbital’s new Taurus II medium-lift rocket. Orbital’s COTS demonstration mission is scheduled to take place in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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