COTS/CRS Program Update

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  • Future human space exploration is only limited by our resources, our physical limitations and finally our imagination.
  • COTS/CRS Program Update

    1. 1. COTS/CRS Program Update March 10, 2010 INNOVATION YOU CAN COUNT ON™ Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. Sr Vice President Advanced Programs Group Orbital Sciences Corporation
    2. 2. Orbital Sciences Corporation <ul><li>Leading Developer and Manufacturer of Smaller Satellites and Launch Vehicles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on Growing Market Niches Not Well Served By Larger Companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Highly-Reliable Systems on Fast Schedules and at Affordable Prices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>About 900 Satellites and Launch Vehicles Built or On Contract for Customers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>690 Systems Developed, Built and Delivered From 1982 to 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>205 Systems Under Contract for Deliveries From 2009 to 2015 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3,600 Employees and 1.25 Million Square Feet of State-of-the-Art Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Over $4.9 Billion Total Contract Backlog With Premier Customers </li></ul><ul><li>Revenues of $1.125 Billion in 2009, Aiming for  10% Annual Long-Term Growth </li></ul>Orbital Was Established in 1982 With The Goal Of Making Space Systems More Affordable And Reliable By Employing State-of-the-art Technologies And Entrepreneurial Business Practices
    3. 3. <ul><li>Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Orbital Selected In February 2008 For a Single 2011 Demonstration Mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety Review Panel Phase II completed November 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Operational Service-Phase Follow-on to COTS Demonstration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orbital Selection December 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Flights Over Period From 2011-2015 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Features two Pressurized Cargo Modules – Standard and Enhanced </li></ul></ul>COTS/CRS Summary
    4. 4. Cygnus Visiting Vehicle <ul><li>The Cygnus vehicle is comprised of two major modules </li></ul>Service Module Pressurized Cargo Module
    5. 5. Cygnus General Cargo Capabilities <ul><li>Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) provides pressurized volume for internal cargo delivery to ISS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cygnus is berthed to ISS Node 2 Nadir Port utilizing the SSRMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 2000Kg Cargo can be accommodated by the Standard PCM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 2700 kg Cargo can be accommodated by the Enhanced PCM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standardized Active and Passive cargo accommodations available within PCM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passive Cargo: Cargo Transfer Bags (CTB), M-bags, Mid-Deck Lockers (MDL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active Cargo: Two single MDL or one Double MDL sized payloads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disposal Cargo reloaded into Cygnus prior to Unberthing </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Orbital COTS Systems Architecture Taurus II The Orbital COTS System is comprised of 5 Major Elements Cargo Operations Integrated Launch Site Operations Mission Operations Orbital COTS System Cygnus Visiting Vehicle
    7. 7. Taurus II COTS/CRS Wallops Footprint H-100 Cargo Processing V-55 Payload Fueling Barge Hardstand HIF Pad 0A 8.53 Miles 1.1 Miles 2.46 Miles
    8. 8. Taurus II System Features <ul><li>Incorporates both solid and liquid stages and proven technology to meet mission requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Provides substantial payload performance into a variety of low inclination low-Earth orbits (LEO), sun-synchronous, GEO-transfer and interplanetary orbits </li></ul><ul><li>3.9 meter fairing accommodates large payloads </li></ul><ul><li>Capable of launching single and multiple payloads </li></ul><ul><li>Compatible with the Western Range at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), providing customers with a variety of launch locations and trajectories </li></ul>
    9. 9. Stage 1 Engines at Aerojet in Sacramento, CA
    10. 10. Current Status of COTS/CRS <ul><li>Commercial Orbital Transportation Service (COTS) Demonstration Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of 21 Planned Space Act Milestones, Orbital has completed 13 Milestones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changed Demonstration from Unpressurized Cargo to Pressurized Cargo to better represent the majority of NASA Cargo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety Review Panel Phase 1 Completed – March 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preliminary Design Review Completed – April 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety Review Panel Phase 2 Completed – November 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Design Review in process January – March 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission Scheduled for early 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed First Three Milestones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CRS 1 ATP, CRS 1 Long Lead Procurement, CRS 2 ATP </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Next CRS 1 major milestone is Vehicle Baseline Review at Launch – 18 months </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. PLS Contract <ul><li>Orbital signed a contract with MELCO for supply of the PLS subsystem on October 20, 2009 </li></ul>
    12. 12. Pressurized Cargo Module Production Photographs PCM Qualification Hatch (above) PCM External Cylinder (right)
    13. 13. ISS Robotic Workstation Crew interface will be similar to that used for HTV, including the HTV Control Panel, located at the Robotic Work Station
    14. 14. ATK Castor-30 Second Stage Static Fire Test Completed
    15. 15. Program Status <ul><li>COTS, CRS, and Taurus II Programs are making Consistent Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II Safety Review Completed </li></ul><ul><li>COTS System CDR In Process </li></ul><ul><li>All Cygnus Hardware on Order </li></ul><ul><li>Cygnus Software Currently Being Developed </li></ul><ul><li>TII Second State Test Fully Successful </li></ul><ul><li>TII 1 st Stage Engine Confidence Firings In Progress, with Testing at Stennis in the Spring of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Assembly, Integration and Test to Begin Soon and Continue to Launch Early to Mid 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Wallops Launch Site Facility Development Underway </li></ul>COTS CDR Cygnus Launch Stage 1 Core at WFF Cygnus Arrival at WFF Cygnus I&T Begins Stage 1 Engines Delivered to WFF
    16. 16. The Past
    17. 17. The Present
    18. 18. The Future
    19. 19. …and beyond
    20. 20. Questions?

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