ATK Helps Air Force Launch Boeing Communications Satellite

ATK logo_EbizATK has helped the U.S. Air Force build and launch a spacecraft that will aim to help the Defense Department facilitate communications between military personnel around the world.

The sixth Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM satellite was sent to orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from a facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., ATK said Wednesday.

For more coverage of the launch, see our coverage on our sister site ExecutiveGov.

Components and parts of the Delta IV and WGS-6 were designed and assembled at the company’s facilities in California, Maryland, Mississippi and Utah.

ATK says it has produced 58 graphite epoxy motor boosters for the Delta IV launcher since its first takeoff more than a decade ago.

This Delta IV rocket contained nine ATK-made propulsion and payload components, while an antenna and hardware aims to perform temperature control.

Boeing is the prime contractor for the WGS constellation, which DoD uses to maintain communications lines with forces worldwide.

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