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Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) has been awarded a contract by Orbital Sciences Corporation to manufacture the composite structures for the Taurus II Launch Vehicle.
The contract is currently in final negotiations with a potential of up to five shipsets per year. The 12’ 8” diameter x 32’ 4” long Payload Fairing is the largest of the structures, consisting of honeycomb core and composite facesheets. Along with the Payload Fairing, AASC will also manufacture the Fairing Adaptor (12’4” diameter x 6’), the Stage 2 Motor Adaptor (12’4” diameter x 44”), the Stage 2 Interstage (12’4” diameter x 20”), the Payload Adaptor (8’8” diameter x 8”), and the Avionics Cylinder (7’8” diameter x 27”). AASC will fabricate all components in their state-of-the-art, 245,000 square foot, Stockton facility. Deliveries will begin in late 2009.
The Taurus II is a two-stage launch vehicle with the ability to reliably send up to approximately 12,000lbs to space. It is capable of launching both single and multiple payloads. This launch vehicle will supply cost-effective access to a variety of orbits. The first mission launch will take place in 2010.
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