Milestone Marks Readiness for Future Booster Qualification of High
DULLES, Va.Apr. 27, 2018--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today the successful completion of three
consecutive ground-based static firings of a tactical, air-launched high
performance propellant rocket motor the first-ever and one of the
largest of its class to be designed, built and static tested at hot and
cold extreme conditions. With this test, Orbital ATK has successfully
demonstrated materials and technologies applicable to future
air-launched, high speed weapon systems.
Using Orbital ATK s expertise in air-launched propulsion development
and production, we were first to succeed at testing a motor of this size
in three simulated air-launch environments, confirming our readiness to
move forward to the next stages of booster qualification, said Pat
Nolan, Vice President and General Manager of Missile Products in Orbital
ATK s Defense Systems Group. These are great strides towards improving
our high speed weapon systems which are critical to enhancing our
warfighter s safety, as well as their capabilities for greater standoff
and quicker time to target.
Emerging requirements for high-speed air-launched weapons are driving
the need for larger, high performance tactical class boosters. The
rocket motor tested contains high performance propellant in a large,
lightweight composite case. Orbital ATK s composite case greatly reduces
the inert weight ratio over a conventional metal casing and also
incorporates integral launcher attachment and payload interface features
designed to withstand captive carry and flight environments.
Under a contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab, the tests were
all accomplished over a three-week period at the company s tactical
propulsion center of excellence at the Allegany
Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, West Virginia, validating
motor performance at both the hot and cold temperature extremes required
by air-launch tactical missiles and boosters.
Orbital ATK s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing
innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced
propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and
land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.
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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