ATK Composite Technology Supports Atlas V Launch
ATK Advanced Technologies Benefit Orbital Express In-Space Refueling Demonstration
ATK Solar Arrays to Power ASTRO and Nextsat Satellites
MINNEAPOLIS, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) composite technology supported yesterday's successful launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch will place Orbital Express in-space refueling demonstration mission into orbit. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the mission sponsor for the Orbital Express demonstration.
The satellite demonstration mission is set to conduct the first autonomous component exchange and first U.S. in-space refueling, as well as autonomous rendezvous and docking. A dual-satellite mission, Orbital Express includes the Autonomous Space Transfer and Robotic Orbiter (ASTRO) built by The Boeing Company and NextSat/CSC built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Designed to transfer spacecraft fuel between them, ASTRO and NextSat are also scheduled to separate and demonstrate a rendezvous and capture sequence later in the mission.
ATK provided the solar array systems for both the ASTRO and NextSat satellites. ATK's Goleta, California site designed and fabricated the two solar array wings for ASTRO and the 2-panel solar array wing for NextSat. Both solar array designs incorporate lightweight, high strength composite panel substrates fabricated at ATK's Corona, California site.
The ATK 10' diameter composite heatshield, used to protect components in the Stage one engine compartment, was fabricated by ATK's Clearfield, Utah facility using fiber placement and hand lay-up techniques. This flight marks the 10th ATK composite heatshield flown on an Atlas V vehicle.
ATK is a $3.5 billion advanced weapon and space systems company employing approximately 15,500 people in 21 states. News and information can be found on the Internet at http://www.atk.com/.
Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward- looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company's competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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