Orbital Sciences Corporation of Virginia,announced that its Taurus XL space launch vehicle successfully boosted the Republic of China’s ROCSAT-2 remote sensing satellite into low-Earth orbit in a mission that originated from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The mission was the seventh in the Taurus program’s history and was also the inaugural flight of the enhanced performance “XL” version of the space launch vehicle.
Mr. Ron Grabe, Orbital’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Launch Systems Group, said, “We are very pleased with the results of the Taurus launch and wish our customers from Taiwan’s National Space Programs Office the very best with their satellite mission. Today’s successful launch sets the stage for Orbital’s continued support for the ROCSAT program. As the prime contractor for the upcoming ROCSAT-3 constellation of six small satellites, as well as the launch vehicle provider for that mission, we look forward to contributing to the continued success of the National Space Program Office’s space missions.”