Company s ESPAStar and ESPASat Platforms Deliver Advanced
Capabilities for Multiple Payload Missions
DULLES, Va.Apr. 15, 2018--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, designed the EAGLE (ESPA Augmented Geostationary
Laboratory Experiment) experimental satellite for the U.S. Air Force s
AFSPC-11 mission that successfully launched on United Launch Alliance s
Atlas V vehicle April 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The AFSCPC-11 mission included a second company designed satellite,
Mycroft, which is among several Department of Defense experiments hosted
on the EAGLE platform as separate payloads.
The EAGLE and Mycroft satellites are based on the company s ESPAStar
and ESPASat products, which provide modular, cost-effective and highly
capable infrastructure resources for hosting technology development and
operational payloads. The Orbital ATK-designed EAGLE satellite is the
first spacecraft based on the company s innovative ESPAStar platform.
The ESPAStar vehicle can accommodate any combination of up to six hosted
or 12 separable, free-flyer payloads in low and geosynchronous orbit and
is built to provide an even greater level of access to space. Orbital
ATK designed and delivered the EAGLE satellite under a contract with the
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate.
After a successful separation from the launch vehicle, EAGLE is hosting
several Department of Defense payloads, including Mycroft, the second
Orbital ATK-designed satellite to be deployed on the mission. Mycroft, a
separable, fly-away experiment, utilized the company s ESPASat platform
for its flight. ESPASat is designed as an affordable GEO bus that can be
launched as a secondary payload from an ESPAStar platform.
Orbital ATK is proud to partner with the U.S. Air Force on the EAGLE
and Mycroft missions, said Chris Long, Vice President, National
Security Systems at Orbital ATK. Our unique capabilities to host
separating and non-separating payloads represent a turning point in
affordable access to space for small satellites and payloads.
In addition to work performed at the company s facility in Dulles,
Virginia, Orbital ATK sites in Commerce, California and Beltsville,
Maryland provided tanks and heat pipes to the EAGLE and Mycroft
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 14,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
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