ATK has completed the second in a line of avionics and control tests for NASA's Space Launch System booster program meant to in part address complexity and cost issues.
The test also focused on ATK’s work to replace decades-old test equipment with new electronic support equipment, using a design that could be applied to test other avionics subsystems in other locations.
According to Fred Brasfield, vice president for ATK's next-generation booster project, the aerospace and defense contractor worked with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama to design and develop the system and interface.
The development test for the booster program was performed at ATK’s testing laboratory in Promontory, Utah, on Jan. 30, ATK said.
The tests feature several contributors, including L-3 Cincinnati Electronics and IEC Electronics Co., working on avionics boxes and cable harnesses, respectively.
“Our suppliers have been vital to the success of this program,” Brasfield said. “They will remain key contributors through the SLS flight test program.”