-- Company to Develop Prototype Solid Rocket Motor for U.S. Air Force
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program --
DULLES, Va.Jan. 14, 2016--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today it was awarded a $47 million contract from
the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Systems
Directorate for the development of a solid rocket propulsion system
prototype to support the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)
program for national security space missions. The Air Force award
includes options for additional scope, valued at up to $133 million. The
company will also contribute additional development funds to the program.
All the best features of solid motors, including operational
reliability, high lift-off thrust, shorter development schedules and,
importantly, affordability have improved over time with the advancement
of new technologies. This means we can offer the Air Force a low
technical risk and very cost-competitive American-made propulsion
alternative, said Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager
of Orbital ATK s Propulsion Systems Division. We are honored to be
selected to develop this capability to help the Air Force achieve
low-cost assured access for national security space launch requirements.
Orbital ATK s award is designed to advance proven domestic propulsion
technologies and includes prototype development. Work on the program
will take place at Orbital ATK s facilities in Magna, Utah; Iuka,
Mississippi; and Chandler, Arizona; from 2016 to 2019.
The merger of Orbital and ATK about a year ago created a new level of
technical capabilities and cost synergies that have strengthened our
propulsion system solution to the Air Force, said Scott Lehr, President
of Orbital ATK s Flight System Group. This funding, together with our
own research and development investments, will lead to an operational
launch capability in 2019.
Due to its unmatched reliability, solid propulsion is used in nearly
every space launch vehicle, both domestic and international, and plays a
key role in U.S. strategic and missile defense systems. New solid rocket
motor technology has the capability to provide a smooth lift for
payloads, which is especially important when launching sensitive
satellites and crewed missions.
Solid propulsion has supported decades of successful launches for
government and commercial programs. Orbital ATK has provided more than
16,000 U.S.-built solid rocket motors and integrated stages for
government and commercial customers.
In December, Orbital ATK received another contract from the Air Force to
perform a Booster Propulsion Technology Maturation effort. Under this $3
million contract Orbital ATK will complete studies to advance
technologies that enhance performance and safety while reducing cost in
support of the next generation booster.
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
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