Orbital Sciences to launch NASA mission

NASA has selected satellite launch and manufacture company Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Virginia, to launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission.

The spacecraft will fly in February 2013 aboard a Taurus XL 3110 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The total cost of the OCO-2 launch services is approximately $70m (£47m).

The estimated cost includes the task-ordered launch service for a Taurus XL 3110 rocket, plus additional services under other contracts for payload processing, OCO-2 mission support, launch vehicle integration, and tracking, data and telemetry support.