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The Post 200 is an annual snapshot of the companies, law firms, nonprofits and other organizations that power our local economy. Here's a look at this year's list.

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The Orbital Sciences booth is pictured at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Bloomberg)

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26. Orbital Sciences

Orbital is wrapping up development of its new Antares rocket and Cygnus space module that together are slated to resupply the International Space Station with cargo for the on-board crew. The missions are set to originate from Wallops Island, Va., where they will likely be visible from Washington. Orbital also completed production at its Dulles manufacturing facility of five new commercial communications satellites during 2012 for customers around the world.


Orbital founders David Thompson, Bruce Ferguson and Scott Webster met at Harvard Business School in 1980, where they worked together on a NASA-sponsored study of commercial space applications -- their work ultimately led to a Space Foundation prize for space business research.



Founded: 1982

Chairman, president and CEO: David W. Thompson

Revenue: $1345923000

Assets: $1130800000

Employees (local): 3900 (1800)

NOTE: Our methodology for the rankings.
DATE: Dec. 17, 2012
CREDIT: Dan Beyers, Sarah Halzack, Greg Linch, Jason Bartz - The Washington Post.