Research and Development Agreement Enables Certification of Orbital
ATK s Next Generation Launch System
DULLES, Va.Jan. 4, 2018--
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced it has signed a Cooperative Research and
Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Air Force s Space and
Missile Systems Center (SMC). The CRADA provides the framework and plan
for data exchanges needed to certify Orbital ATK s Next Generation
Launch (NGL) system to carry National Security Space missions.
Under this CRADA, Orbital ATK is better able to support SMC in being
the guardians of assured access to space, said Scott Lehr, President of
Orbital ATK s Flight Systems Group. We look forward to certifying NGL
to launch National Security Space Missions.
Orbital ATK is currently in early production of development hardware for
NGL. To date, the company has jointly invested with the Air Force more
than $200 million to develop the NGL rocket family.
In addition to launching the entire spectrum of national security
payloads, the NGL family of vehicles will be capable of launching
science and commercial satellites that are too large to be launched by
Orbital ATK s current Pegasus , Minotaur and AntaresTM
space launch vehicles. The NGL vehicles will share common propulsion,
structures and avionics systems with other company programs, including
smaller space launch vehicles as well as missile defense interceptors,
target vehicles and strategic missile systems.
The next phase of the NGL program is expected to begin when the Air
Force awards Launch Services Agreements in mid-2018, which would entail
full vehicle and launch site development, with work taking place at
company facilities in Promontory and Magna, Utah; Iuka, Mississippi;
Chandler, Arizona; Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and Vandenberg Air
Force Base, California.
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 13,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
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