ATK provided hardware to the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin for the company’s newest military communications satellite, which launched Friday.
ATK developed the propellant tank for the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that lifted the Mobile User Objective System-2 satellite into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, ATK said Friday.
The company also built the spacecraft’s bus structure, payload structures, solar array hinges, propellant and pressurant tanks and radiator panels and heat pipes.
“Our ongoing support of ULA missions is a critical element of our business, and we are proud to provide tactical support for the U.S warfighter,” said Joy de Lisser, vice president and general manager of ATK’s aerospace structures division.
ATK also developed the Atlas V rocket’s composite heat shield, the Centaur Interstage Adapter and boattail.
The MUOS-2 is part of a five-satellite constellation that is scheduled to be fully operational by 2015 and ATK has supported 39 Atlas V launches to date.