STPSat-6 Satellite Will Host Nine Payloads Supporting National
Security and Science
DULLES, Va.Feb. 13, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced it has been awarded a contract by the U.S.
Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center to provide payload
integration and support services for Space Test Program Satellite 6
(STPSat-6). The multipurpose satellite will operationally demonstrate
advanced communication capabilities, collect space weather data and
support nuclear detonation detection in the Earth s atmosphere or in
near space. STPSat-6 is the primary payload on the STP-3 mission which
is set to launch no earlier than June 2019.
STPSat-6 will be built on an Orbital ATK satellite bus that will be
modified to fit mission requirements. Under the contract, Orbital ATK
will integrate and test the spacecraft, deliver operations procedures,
and support launch and on-orbit check-out. The satellite will carry nine
payloads from the Department of Defense, National Nuclear Security
Administration and NASA.
The capability to modify one of our current buses into a multipurpose
spacecraft demonstrates Orbital ATK s proven history of doing whatever
it takes to meet the needs of our customers, said Chris Long, Vice
President of National Space Systems at Orbital ATK. This flexible and
modular satellite bus platform provides an especially unique opportunity
to host multiple instruments from three departments of government on one
spacecraft, achieving customer goals at an affordable price.
The multiple payloads on board STPSat-6 include the Space and
Atmospheric Burst Reporting System (SABRS-3), NASA s Laser Communication
Relay Demonstration (LCRD), and seven experiments from the DOD Space
Experiments Review Board. Orbital ATK s heritage bus and avionics
product line is designed to support multiple payloads and can be adapted
to support the customer s desired mission life.
The STP-3 mission is sponsored and managed by the Space Test Program
(STP), which is the primary provider of spaceflight for the United
States Department of Defense (DOD) space science and technology
community. STP is managed by the Advanced Systems and Development
Directorate of the Space and Missile Center.
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 www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
Kristen Basham, 703-404-7476
Systems Group Public Relations
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
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