Dawn Asteroid Spacecraft Project Team Recognized for Mission
Orbital ATK-Designed and -Built Spacecraft Unlocks Mysteries of the
Solar System with Historic Multi-Billion Mile Interplanetary Journey
DULLES, Va.Mar. 15, 2016--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, proudly recognizes the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Dawn
Project Team for winning two highly respected awards in the
aerospace industry. The National Aeronautic Association recently named
the Dawn Project Team as the recipient of the 2015 Robert J. Collier
Trophy for advancing the nation s technological capabilities in
pioneering new frontiers in space travel. The trophy is awarded each
year for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in
America in the prior year.
Designed and built by Orbital ATK, the Dawn spacecraft became the first
deep-space probe to reach a dwarf planet when it entered orbit
around Ceres in March 2015. Ceres was the largest unexplored
world between the Sun and Pluto until Dawn s arrival last year. Dawn is
also the first probe to orbit two extraterrestrial solar system
destinations (Vesta and Ceres), making it a truly interplanetary
spacecraft. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in September 2007,
Dawn has now returned many stunning images of the two minor planets,
allowing mission scientists to uncover some of the mysteries of
We are honored to have supported NASA/JPL on this remarkable mission,
extending nearly nine years in duration, said Frank Culbertson,
president of Orbital ATK s Space System Group. Orbital ATK s
flight-proven technology and extensive space systems experience played a
key role in building the Dawn spacecraft and integrating the ion
propulsion system provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This
revolutionary technology made Dawn s historic multi-billion mile journey
possible and this coveted award from our industry peers validates the
incredible efforts of the JPL/Orbital ATK team.
The Dawn Project Team was also the recipient of the 2016 National
Space Club s Nelson P. Jackson Award, presented annually for a
significant contribution to the missile, aircraft or space field.
These awards to the Dawn Project Team highlight the benefits of a strong
government/industry partnership, dedicated to delivering mission success.
Orbital ATK s Space Systems Group built the Dawn spacecraft at the
company s facilities in Dulles, Virginia. The spacecraft incorporated
features of Orbital ATK s Earth science and commercial communication
spacecraft technology. Dawn will continue observing Ceres and collecting
data until the mission ends later this year.
For a complete list of mission participants, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission
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
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Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
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