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ATK Provides Heat Shield as NASA Sends Atlas V Rocket, X-37B into Space

ATK Provides Heat Shield as NASA Sends Atlas V Rocket, X-37B into Space - top government contractors - best government contracting eventNASA launched the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on December 11, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. to deliver a third prototype X-37B space plane for the military.

According to an ATK statement, the Atlas V rocket used a 10-foot diameter composite heat shield that provides protection for the first stage of the launch vehicle.

(Click Here, to read a story about the X-37B being in-flight for one year.) 

The Atlas V rocket carried the X-37B that will support “space experimentation, risk reduction and concept of operations development for a long duration and reusable space vehicle technologies.”

ATK also developed the Atlas V’s Centaur interstage adapter and an  18-foot diameter boat tail connected to the payload fairing.

The parts were made by ATK at its Iuka, Miss., and Clearfield, Utah, facilities.

 

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Written by David J. Barton

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