ATK has finished testing the avionics system of boosters designed for a NASA rocket being built for deep space exploration.
ATK worked to operate the booster’s thrust vector control technology in a simulated test launch for NASA’s Space Launch System performed at the company’s Promontory, Utah-based facility, ATK said Wednesday.
Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager of ATK’s space launch division, said the company intended to help reduce costs for the SLS program by integrating value streams in preparation for the rocket’s launch in 2017.
The new avionics system is built to distribute power, connect flight computers, ignite boosters and control the steering system and staging for the twin SLS boosters.
ATK meant for the tests to verify ground to flight systems communication, start motor ignition, move the TVC system and validate the fresh electronic support equipment.
The test team members were subjected to a number of atypical conditions during countdowns and firings, according to ATK.
The avionics subsystem and ESE were manufactured at ATK’s Clearfield and Magna, Utah-based facilities.