Kate Kronmiller New Orbital Sciences Corp. SVP

Kate Kronmiller New Orbital Sciences Corp. SVP

Orbital Sciences Corporation officially announced today that Kate Kronmiller is its new Senior Vice President (SVP) of Government Relations.

Kronmiller has an extensive background in the aerospace industry. Most recently she was Vice President of Washington Operations for United Space Alliance, which operated the space shuttle. Her background in space includes jobs both with traditional aerospace companies like Boeing and Rocketdyne when it was part of Rockwell International as well as entrepreneurs. In the early 1980s, she worked at Space Services Inc., the first entrepreneurial company to successfully launch a payload into orbit in 1982 aboard its Conestoga rocket.

Kronmiller succeeds Mark Bitterman, who left Orbital for SpaceX, but shortly thereafter switched to United Launch Alliance, which launches the Atlas and Delta rockets.

Orbital is on the cusp of launching its new Taurus II launch vehicle that will take cargo to the International Space Station in competition with SpaceX’s Falcon 9. Orbital currently launches satellites with its Pegasus and Minotaur rockets, and with Taurus XL, although the last two launches of that rocket failed, dooming two NASA earth science satellites (OCO and GLORY). Orbital also manufactures a variety of satellites, is involved in missile defense programs, and built the launch abort system for the Orion crew capsule.

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