DULLES, Va., Apr 8, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Former Boeing Executive and Air Force Veteran to Help Manage Strong Growth in Company's Launch Vehicle Business

Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) today announced that Mr. Brent Collins has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager for Operations in the Launch Systems Group. In this position, Mr. Collins will help lead Orbital's efforts in providing highly-reliable launch vehicles for missile defense-related target programs and space launch systems for the national security, civil and commercial markets. Mr. Collins' distinguished career spans 35 years of experience in space and missile systems during which he served as an active duty officer and in civil service positions for the U.S. Air Force and in increasingly responsible positions in the private sector.

Prior to joining Orbital, Mr. Collins worked for The Boeing Company as Chief Engineer for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system interceptor program and as Chief Technologist for Boeing's Missile Defense Systems unit. Before joining Boeing, Mr. Collins spent 32 years in service with the U.S. Air Force, attaining the active duty rank of Colonel and subsequently serving as a civilian member of the Senior Executive Service. His military service culminated in a 4-year period at the Pentagon during which he served as the Deputy Mission Area Director for Space Acquisition Programs, directing the planning and budgeting for Air Force satellite and space launch systems programs on the Air Staff. Mr. Collins also served as the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space at the Pentagon where he was responsible for managing the cost, schedule and performance of a $4 billion portfolio of programs. These included the Global Positioning System and the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle programs, as well as military communications satellites, ballistic missile warning satellites and the U.S. ICBM systems.

Mr. Collins received a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a M.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College.

Orbital's launch systems, including space launch vehicles, missile defense interceptors and target and other suborbital rockets, are primarily produced at the company's engineering and manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona and its vehicle assembly and integration facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The company's Pegasus(R), Taurus(R), Minotaur and Peacekeeper space launch vehicles are used by government and commercial customers to deliver small- and medium-class satellites into low-altitude orbits above the Earth. The U.S. Department of Defense employs the company's suborbital rockets in missile defense systems primarily as threat-simulating target vehicles and as interceptor boosters for U.S. national defense systems.

In addition to its launch vehicle systems, Orbital's other primary products are satellites and related space systems, which are also used by commercial, civil government and military customers. These products include low-orbit, geosynchronous and planetary spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and national security missions. In addition, Orbital offers space-related technical services to government agencies and develops and builds satellite-based transportation management systems for public transit agencies and private vehicle fleet operators.

Note to editors: A high-resolution (300 dpi) photo of Mr. Collins is available for publication. Please request an electronic copy of the photo at public.relations@orbital.com.

SOURCE: Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
Beneski.barron@orbital.com
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