Company to Continue as Prime Contractor for U.S. Space Agency s
Suborbital Research Rocket Program
DULLES, Va.Apr. 7, 2016--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced that it was selected by the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the prime contractor for
the NASA Sounding Rockets Operations Contract III (NSROC III) program.
The award is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods
and is valued at approximately $200 million. Orbital ATK won the new
contract in an open competition and has served as the prime contractor
on the program since 2010. During that time, the company supported 94
sounding rocket launches and set the record for 41 consecutive
successful missions, the most in the 57-year history of the program.
Sounding rockets are used to conduct suborbital missions for scientific
and atmospheric research.
Under the NSROC III program, which is centered at NASA s Wallops Flight
Facility in Virginia and the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico,
Orbital ATK s Technical Services division will plan, coordinate and
carry out suborbital research rocket missions from locations in the
United States and around the world. The Orbital ATK team will also work
with the NASA Sounding Rockets program to develop and implement
We are honored to continue our legacy of support to NASA s sounding
rocket program under NSROC III, said John Pullen, Vice President and
General Manager, Technical Services Division of Orbital ATK s Space
Systems Group. We have partnered with NASA and the Wallops Flight
Facility team for many years both as a subcontractor and prime
contractor under NSROC I and NSROC II. Our proven capability in
executing successful missions will help ensure that NASA retains its
position as the world leader in sounding rocket technology and
suborbital space and Earth science research.
Orbital ATK and its teammates expect to employ technical and
administrative staff at Wallops Flight Facility and White Sands Missile
Range over the term of the contract. Orbital ATK s teammates include
three small businesses: LJT and Associates, Inc., the Hammers Company,
and Hawk Institute for Space Sciences.
In addition to NSROC III, the company supports another high-altitude
scientific research program for NASA. Orbital ATK is the prime
contractor for the NASA Balloon Operations contract, which is
administered by the Goddard Space Flight Center s Wallops Flight
Facility and is managed from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility
(CSBF) in Palestine, Texas. The CSBF staff has launched more than 1,700
scientific balloons from seven countries in the past 35 years.
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, Inc.
Vicki Cox, 410-409-8723
Systems Group Public Relations
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
and Investor Relations