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ATK to Upgrade NASA Orion Vehicle Abort Motor

ATK to Upgrade NASA Orion Vehicle Abort Motor - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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ATK to Upgrade NASA Orion Vehicle Abort Motor - top government contractors - best government contracting eventATK will convert the main abort motor for NASA‘s first exploration flight test of the Orion crew vehicle, ATK announced Tuesday

Lockheed Martin subcontracted ATK to help create emergency abort system for the Orion crew’s launch, set to take place in 2014 from the Kennedy Space Center.

ATK said Lockheed completed acoustic and modal tests of the inert system. 

Charlie Precourt, ATK’s space launch systems general manager and vice president, said ATK will reconfigure the motor to support the Orion’s first orbital flight test.

ATK replaced the manifold for the abort motor with a flight design.

ATK will also complete structural tests and add flight instrumentation that will collect environmental and flight data during the test launch.  

ATK makes the abort systems’ attitude control motor in Elkton, Md. facility. 

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