Orbital tabbed by NASA for Space Station cargo delivery contract

  • 12-Jan-2009 02:55 EST
NASA awarded a long-term contract to Orbital Sciences Corp. to provide cargo transportation services to and from the International Space Station (ISS). The contract, awarded under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program, has an expected value of $1.9 billion for cargo transportation missions to be conducted between 2011 and 2015. This contract amount covers ISS cargo transportation services for about 20 t of cargo, which would be accommodated by eight missions of Orbital’s CRS system. The operational missions would follow Orbital’s flight demonstration of its CRS system in late 2010 under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program, which Orbital and the space agency initiated in early 2008.
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