Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) received a contract from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).
The Space Flight Center located in the Greenbelt area of Prince George's County, Maryland awarded Orbital Sciences a contract valued at $135 Million for satellite design, test and build work.
Orbital Sciences will provide services for the production of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2).
The ICESat-2 is a earth science satellite is replacing the ICESat and is based on the LEOStar-3 platform which is also used in the NASA Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft.
"Our selection by Goddard Space Flight Center to design, build and test the ICESat-2 spacecraft adds to our extensive and growing history of producing high-quality and reliable satellites for NASA's Earth and space science programs," stated Mike Larkin, Orbital's Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Space Systems Group. "The ICESat-2 program will be a welcome addition to our NASA activities at the company's Gilbert, Arizona facility, which currently includes work on the LDCM satellite and on national security satellites."
But the ICESat-2 will not be manufactured at Goddard Space Flight Center or at other locations in the region but instead be built at Orbital Sciences Gilbert, Arizona satellite manufacturing facility.
Orbital has several other satellites in production for NASA at its Dulles, Virginia campus, including the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), and Gravity andExtreme Magnetism Small Explorer (GEMS).