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ATK, NASA Demo Rocket Engine for 2018 Solar Mission

ATK, NASA Demo Rocket Engine for 2018 Solar Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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NASArocket EbizNASA and ATK have test-fired a solid rocket motor that the company designed for the space agency’s Solar Probe Plus program.

The STAR 48GXV engine will be used to help launch a NASA spacecraft in 2018 aboard an Atlas V rocket on a mission to study the sun’s outer atmosphere, ATK said Thursday.

ATK’s platform is composed of a thrust vector control system, lightweight exit cone materials and a lightweight graphite composite case, ATK says.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is developing the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft through a program run by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

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is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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