Orbital to open area tech center

From Times Staff and Wires

Orbital Sciences Corp. said it would open an engineering and technology center in Southern California to attract more aerospace engineers.

The Huntington Beach center will open in the fall. It will employ 30 to 40 engineers to support Orbital’s Taurus II, a launch system designed to ferry cargo to the International Space Station, as well as missile defense projects and regional suppliers.

Dulles, Va.-based Orbital’s California workforce, which includes employees at Vandenberg Air Force Base and NASA’s Ames Research Center, will increase to about 150 people.