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-- Company Marks 20th Year of Scholarship Program --

-- 150 Children of Orbital Employees Have Received Over $500,000 for
Undergraduate Education Since 1992 --

(Dulles, VA 17 August 2012) - Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced the recipients of the company's 2012 Orbital Scholars program that provides scholarships to support the undergraduate education of children of Orbital's employees.  This year, 12 applicants were chosen to receive scholarships based on selection criteria that included academic achievement, strong work ethic, desire to succeed, and acceptance at an accredited college or university.  The company established the Orbital Scholars program in 1992 and has made awards to approximately 150 children, totaling over $500,000, during the 20-year period of the program.

The recipients of the 2012-2013 Orbital Scholars awards are as follows:

$6,000 scholarships (payable over two years)

  • Isha Agarwal, who will attend the University of Maryland 

  • Keith Heiner, who will attend Brigham Young University 

  • Sameer Singh, who will attend the University of Pennsylvania 

  • Abagail Thompson, who will attend the College of William & Mary 

$3,000 scholarships (payable over two years)

  • Morgan Baumgartner, who will attend the University of Virginia 

  • Stacie Chiang, who will attend The George Washington University 

  • Ashley Ferguson, who will attend the University of Virginia 

  • Scott Harris, who will attend Brigham Young University 

  • Patrick McGovern, who will attend the College of William & Mary 

  • Kaitlin Oberg, who will attend the College of William & Mary 

  • Marzia Shah, who will attend Arizona State University 

  • Jacova Snyder, who will attend Azusa Pacific University 

"Throughout Orbital's 30-year history, we have succeeded in large measure because of the intellectual abilities of our engineering, scientific, technical and management work force," said Orbital's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David W. Thompson.

"We are very pleased to continue our two-decade-long support for the undergraduate education of the next generation of the Orbital family.  Since we began awarding these scholarships, I've been extremely impressed with the ambition and academic achievements of the recipients.  I'm certain that this year's class of Orbital Scholars will continue to uphold that tradition," concluded Mr. Thompson.    

Previous year's recipients of the Orbital Scholars program have attended some of the country's most prestigious public and private colleges and universities, with many of them choosing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concentrations.      

About Orbital

Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers.  The company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles.  Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and space-related technical services to U.S. Government agencies and laboratories.

More information about Orbital can be found at

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