Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE: ORB) has won a $56.3 million task order to help NASA launch a satellite intended to study the boundary region between Earth’s upper atmosphere and space.
The company will process the Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite as well as integrate payloads and install telemetry, data and tracking systems in the spacecraft, NASA said Thursday.
ICON is scheduled for liftoff in June 2017 aboard Orbital Sciences’ Pegasus XL rocket from the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
NASA launched the program in response to a study that indicated weather in the lower atmosphere influences the ionosphere.
The University of California at Berkeley will lead the mission in collaboration with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.