Company s Space Components Division to Continue Manufacturing Tanks
for Space Systems/Loral s 1300 Platform
Contract Builds Upon a 27-year Supply Relationship Between the Two
DULLES, Va.Oct. 29, 2015--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced it recently signed a contract with Space
Systems/Loral (SSL) to produce flight sets consisting of two propellant
tanks for the SSL 1300, a space-proven platform designed to accommodate
evolving technology and innovation in satellite services. The five-year
contract continues a 27-year relationship with SSL for satellite fuel
tanks produced by Orbital ATK s Space Components Division in Commerce,
We have been a valued and trusted supplier to SSL for over two decades,
delivering more than 110 flight sets of tanks for the 1300, said Dave
Shanahan, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK s Space
Components Division. As the sole supplier for these tanks, this latest
contract represents a continued vote of confidence from a valued
customer in our engineering and analysis strengths and our vertically
integrated manufacturing facility. We look forward to continuing this
highly successful business relationship for many years to come.
The SSL 1300 is a world-leading platform for commercial satellites,
which are used for services such as direct-to-home television, video
content distribution, broadband internet and mobile communications.
At SSL, suppliers such as Orbital ATK are an integral part of our
extended team, said Vivian Mackintosh, Vice President of Supply Chain
Management at SSL. Our long-term contract with Orbital ATK helps ensure
the quality and value of the 1300 platform.
Since the early 1990s, Orbital ATK has supplied all of the flight sets
for the SSL 1300. These flight sets are comprised of two propellant
tanks. The liquid propellant tanks contain a high-performance Propellant
Management Device (PMD) designed and analyzed by PMD Technologies,
the foremost designer of low-gravity fluid dynamics acquisition devices.
The PMD controls the fluid during all operational scenarios providing
gas-free propellant to the satellite s thrusters. The all-titanium PMDs
assure long-term propellant compatibility throughout mission life.
Orbital ATK has delivered more than 1,400 PMD tank assemblies to date.
Orbital ATK s Space Components Division is the world s leading producer
of titanium propellant tanks used in military, scientific and commercial
satellites, as well as space launch vehicles and space exploration
vehicles, with more than 600 designs qualified and more than 6,100 tanks
delivered. With 100 percent reliability, the tanks have been a part of
nearly every large U.S. launch vehicle and most of the satellites flying
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 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Vicki Cox, 703-406-5663
Systems Group Public Relations
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528