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Runs to Space Station propel Orbital Sciences Corp. to a record quarter

Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corporation, a company that specializes in the manufacturing and launch of satellites for commercial and government ventures, marked record revenue in the final quarter of 2013.

The company used the first of eight cargo delivery missions to the International Space Station to drive Q4 earnings.

Orbital Sciences has the highest revenue of any publicly traded company in Loudoun County, taking in $1.37 billion in 2013.

"Orbital ended the year with a good fourth quarter. Revenues were up 6 percent to a new quarterly record of $375 million," said David W. Thompson, the co-founder, chairman, CEO and president of Orbital, in a conference call.

The company is expected to run at least seven more missions to the International Space Station, with the possibility for more.
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