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Orbital Offers Unique Look at Next Landsat Program Satellite before Early 2013 Launch

  Orbital Offers Unique Look at Next Landsat Program Satellite before Early
  2013 Launch

    -- Satellite Designed, Built and Tested in Gilbert, Arizona to Capture
      Critical Earth Observation Data for Use by Numerous Industries –-

 -- Orbital-Built Spacecraft to Maintain Longest Continuous Record of Earth’s
                          Environment from Space –-

 -- U.S. Government Official to Detail Use and Importance of Landsat Data in
                                  Arizona --

Business Wire

-- December 13, 2012

Orbital Sciences Corporation:

           Orbital Sciences Corporation will offer a first look at the
           completed Landsat Data Continuity Mission Satellite (LDCM)
           satellite. Upon its launch from California in early 2013, LDCM will
           be known as Landsat8 and will continue the NASA and U.S. Geological
WHAT:    Survey (USGS) Earth observations program. The newest LandSat in the
           fleet will extend the 40-year legacy of previous Landsat satellites
           that have continuously collected data and images of the Earth’s
           surface to benefit numerous industries, including agriculture,
           emergency response and disaster relief. Highlights of the media
           tour will include:
           -- Walking tour of Orbital’s satellite manufacturing facility
           -- Viewing of the LDCM spacecraft
           -- Briefing on the technical aspects of the design, manufacturing
           and testing of the satellite
           -- Briefing on use for water availability and irrigation research
           -- Briefing on use and value of Landsat data in Arizona
           
WHO:       Mike Miller, Orbital’s Senior Vice President for Science and
           Environmental Satellite Programs
           Daren Iverson, Orbital’s LDCM Program Manager
           Dr. Prasad Thenkbail, a USGS science expert and Research Geographer
           Dr. Susan Moran of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Tucson
           
WHEN:      Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
           2:30-4:00 p.m. MST
           
WHERE:     1721 West Elliot Rd
           Gilbert, AZ. 85233
           USA
           Directions
           
MEDIA
NOTES:     Media will be allowed to photograph the LDCM through a viewing
           window.
           However, Orbital will also provide professional photographs taken
           one day prior.
           
           Orbital will also provide media with link to broadcast video b-roll
           site: http://www.orbital.com/newsInfo/media/.
           
           This is an industrial facility. Media participants in attendance
           should wear closed-toe shoes for safety purposes.
           
           About Landsat: The suite of Landsat satellites have collected
           multi-spectral land images and data of the Earth’s continental
           surfaces for more than 40 years. This data is collected by 17
           ground stations worldwide and used to positively impact industries,
           including agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning,
OTHER:     education, mapping, global change research, emergency response and
           disaster relief. Orbital is building LDCM for NASA and U.S.
           Geological Survey, which share responsibility for the Landsat
           program. More information about Landsat can be found at
           http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Landsat.html. Broadcast quality
           video can be found at
           http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/landsat/main/index.html.
           
           About Orbital: Orbital develops and manufactures small- and
           medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and
           civil government customers. The company’s primary products are
           satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit,
           geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft for
           communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions;
           human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other
           missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites
           into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as
           interceptor and target vehicles. Orbital also provides satellite
           subsystems and space-related technical services to U.S. Government
           agencies and laboratories. More information about Orbital can be
           found at http://www.orbital.com.

Contact:

Orbital Sciences Corporation
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
Public and Investor Relations
beneski.barron@orbital.com
 
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