Composite Structures Support Over 100 Launch Vehicles for United Launch Alliance Including Atlas V, Delta II and Delta IV

DULLES, Va.Apr. 21, 2016-- Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the company s Iuka, Mississippi, manufacturing plant has produced its 500th large composite rocket structure for United Launch Alliance (ULA) launch vehicles. Since its establishment in 1998, the Large Structure Center of Excellence manufacturing plant has produced 68 Atlas V, 28 Delta II and 404 Delta IV large composite structures across 106 ULA launches. The 500th structure is a boat tail manufactured with zero defects for a ULA Atlas V launch vehicle.

An Orbital ATK employee inspects an Atlas V boat tail, the 500th large composite rocket structure pr ...

An Orbital ATK employee inspects an Atlas V boat tail, the 500th large composite rocket structure produced at the company's Iuka, Mississippi, facility for United Launch Alliance launch vehicles. (Photo: Business Wire)

This production milestone is a remarkable accomplishment and a very special occasion for all of us, said Steve Earl, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK s Aerospace Structures Division. This effort speaks to the commitment, dedication and diligence of each and every one of our employees at the Iuka facility. They should all be proud of their contributions to ULA, the U.S. Air Force and the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

The large composite structures produced at the Iuka manufacturing facility measure four to five meters in diameter and range from one to 19 meters in length. The Orbital ATK facility uses advanced hand layup, fiber placement, machining and inspection techniques for production. The 320,000-square-foot plant houses one of the largest autoclaves in the world, measuring 20 feet in diameter by 83 feet in length.

Composite materials are critically important in the production of next-generation aircraft and launch vehicles because their strength and light weight deliver fuel efficiencies and operability unavailable using traditional metal manufacturing. The ULA Delta IV composite structures manufactured by Orbital ATK include nose cones and aero skirts, fairings, payload attach fittings and diaphragms, interstages, centerbodys and thermal shields. The structures manufactured for ULA Atlas V include heat shields, interstages and boat tails.

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit


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