Multiple Orbital ATK Products from Across the Country Support
Improved Tactical Communications Capability for U.S. and Allied Forces
DULLES, Va.Jul. 24, 2015--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, provided propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies
to enable the successful launch of both the United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Delta IV vehicle and the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-7)
satellite that launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,
Orbital ATK provided propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies to enable the successful launch of both the United Launch Alliance Delta IV vehicle and the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-7) satellite that launched July 23. Photo courtesy ULA
Orbital ATK s contributions to the launch vehicle and satellite
demonstrate the broad range of reliable systems we offer, said Charlie
Precourt, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK s Propulsion
Systems Division. Our integrated products play a key role in delivering
increased communications capabilities to U.S. and allied forces.
Both the satellite and Delta IV launch vehicle use cutting-edge
technologies from multiple Orbital ATK facilities. For the WGS-7
satellite, Orbital ATK provided thermal control hardware manufactured at
Orbital ATK's Beltsville, Maryland, facility.
For the Delta IV rocket, Orbital ATK provided four 60-inch diameter
Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM-60). The 53-foot-long solid rocket boosters
burned for 90 seconds and provided more than 1.1 million pounds of
thrust. Orbital ATK produced the solid rocket motors at its Magna, Utah,
facility, where it has manufactured 72 GEM-60s for the Delta IV launch
vehicle since the initial flight in 2002.
Orbital ATK also supplied a combined eighteen Delta IV and GEM-60 key
composite structures, which provide lower weight and higher performance.
The largest composite structures are four to five meters in diameter,
range from one to eight meters in length, and are produced using either
advanced wet winding or hand layup, machining and inspection techniques
at Orbital ATK s manufacturing facilities in Iuka, Mississippi, and
Additionally, Orbital ATK manufactured the propellant tank for the Delta
IV upper stage roll control system at the company s Commerce,
California, facility, and it designed and manufactured the nozzle for
Delta IV's RS-68A engine at its Promontory, Utah, facility. Orbital ATK
also designed and produced the nozzle's thermal protection material,
which is capable of shielding the nozzle from the extreme heat of
launch, when external temperatures can exceed 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
The WGS-7 satellite is part of a larger system that increases military
communications capabilities for U.S. and allied forces deployed
worldwide. The system helps support the exchange of information,
execution of tactical command and control, intelligence, surveillance
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 12,000 people in 20 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems
Searle (801) 657-9627
Orbital ATK, Inc.
Barron Beneski (703) 406-5528
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