Test Demonstrates Attitude Control Motor Design Meets Human-Rated
DULLES, Va.May 1, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today that it has completed another milestone in
the development of the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for NASA s Orion
spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS). Members of the NASA and Lockheed
Martin team were on hand to witness the successful ACM test, which
demonstrated the motor s power to steer the LAS during a mission-abort
This recent test is part of a design, analysis and test series focused
on qualifying the ACM for crewed-flight missions. Initial data from the
test show the motor is very capable of fulfilling its critical role in
the Launch Abort System.
With the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System, NASA has taken up
the challenge of not just opening up space exploration, but making it as
safe as possible for our astronauts, said Pat Nolan, Vice President and
General Manager of the Missile Products Division of Orbital ATK s
Defense Systems Group. Orbital ATK is proud to support that vision with
our innovative and reliable technology. The success of today s test
brings us that much closer to seeing this vision realized.
Orbital ATK has been working with Lockheed Martin and NASA to leverage
the company s extensive advanced propulsion and controls capabilities
deployed in other mission critical applications to provide steering
thrust that can be reliably operated in an instant as part of the Orion
crew-escape system. Orbital ATK also produces the main Launch Abort
motor, providing the necessary thrust to pull the crew module safely
away from the vehicle. These items have been in development for many
years, and will be ready to support the first Space Launch System flight
late next year.
The Orion spacecraft is launched by NASA's Space Launch System and built
to take humans farther into space than they've ever been. Lockheed
Martin is leading the industry team charged with developing Orion under
contract to NASA. Orbital ATK s Attitude Control Motor uses a solid
propellant gas generator with eight proportional valves to steer the LAS
in the event of a mission-abort scenario.
Orbital ATK s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing
innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced
propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea-
and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.
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 more than 12,500 people in 18 states across the United States
and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Video of the test is available through
the company s YouTube Channel.
Source: Orbital ATK
Bryan Kidder, 410-864-4932
Systems Group Communications
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
Public and Investor