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Orbital ATK Backs Delta II Rocket Launch With Solid Rocket Motors, Payload Fairing

Orbital ATK supplied a composite fairing component and nine graphite epoxy motors – GEM 40 – for a United Launch Alliance-built Delta II rocket that took off Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The first Joint Polar Satellite System that NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration developed through a collaborative …

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Air Force Taps Orbital ATK for Rocket Motor Tech IDIQ Contract

Orbital ATK has received a five-year, $20 million contract to help U.S. Air Force researchers advance solid rocket booster technology and address technical requirements for spacecraft, tactical and strategic propulsion systems. The Defense Department said Monday the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will provide a means for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s aerospace systems and …

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Orbital ATK Demos Air-Launched Ballistic Missile Target As Part of MDA’s THAAD Flight Test Program

Orbital ATK has demonstrated its air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile target in support of the test flight program for the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system. The Orbital ATK-built IRBM target simulated a ballistic missile threat after being launched from a C-17 aircraft and transported by parachutes prior to …

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NASA Launches Cyclone Tracking Satellite Aboard Orbital ATK-Built Pegasus Rocket

A NASA satellite system designed to collect weather data for use in tropical cyclone forecasting lifted off Thursday aboard the Orbital ATK-built Pegasus rocket. Pegasus carried the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System into low-Earth orbit after the rocket was deployed at approximately 39,000 feet from Orbital ATK’s Stargazer L-1011 carrier aircraft that took …

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Orbital ATK, Air Force Test Solid Rocket Motor; Charlie Precourt Comments

Orbital ATK and the U.S. Air Force have completed a static fire test on a solid rocket motor designed for installation into the Air Force’s Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent system. The test checked the Medium-Class Stage III rocket motor’s propellant, motor thrust reversal/thrust termination system and nozzle with electro-mechanical thrust vector control, …

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Lockheed Completes Updates to Army PAC-3 Missile Interceptors; Scott Arnold Comments

Lockheed Martin has handed over the first updated PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors to the U.S. Army. The company said Tuesday it installed new support systems, larger solid-rocket motors and control fins on the PAC-3 MSE interceptor that works to counter threats from aircraft, cruise and tactical ballistic missiles. “As enemy threats grow …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Holds Firing Test on LEONIDAS Solid Rocket Motor; Paul Meyer Comments

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed a 73-second hot-fire static test on a solid propellant rocket motor for its Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System and generated a thrust force of almost 300,000 lbf. The LEO-46 solid rocket motor is the first stage of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s propulsion system for the Super Strypi launch …

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