Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed integrated hardware to Saturday’s successful launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket and the GPS Block IIF satellite payload from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Now in geosynchronous orbit above the Earth, the eleventh GPS IIF satellite in the constellation will replace older, first-generation GPS satellites and provide improved accuracy, signal strength and quality to America’s warfighters, allies and civilian users worldwide. Boeing (NYSE: BA) designed and built the GPS IIF satellite for the U.S. Air Force.
“It is exciting to see Orbital ATK produced structures and components on both the launch vehicle and satellite of another successful EELV launch,” said Scott Lehr, President of Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group. “We look forward to adding our new GEM-63 solid rocket boosters--which are currently under development—to ULA’s Atlas V launches beginning in late 2018.”
The Orbital ATK components, in both the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle and satellite, utilize the latest, cutting-edge technology across multiple divisions. These include large composite structures, retro motors, propellant tanks, state-of-the art solar arrays and other critical components on the GPS IIF satellite.
For the ULA Atlas V rocket, Orbital ATK produced the 10-foot diameter composite heat shield, which provides higher performance with lower weight, and essential protection for the first stage of the launch vehicle from engine exhaust temperatures in excess of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The assembly was fabricated using advanced fiber placement manufacturing techniques at Orbital ATK's Iuka, Mississippi, facility. This is the 59th ULA Atlas V launch using Orbital ATK-built composite structures.
This flight marked the 23rd successful flight of the Orbital ATK retro motors. Eight of these solid motors provided thrust for separation of the spent first stage. The ULA Atlas V retrorocket is built at Orbital ATK's Elkton, Maryland, facility.
Orbital ATK’s Space Components Division facility in Commerce, California manufactured the Reaction Control System (RCS) propellant tanks for the ULA Atlas V rocket.
For the GPS IIF-11 satellite, Orbital ATK provided a host of products and services, including:
The Block IIF series provides improved accuracy, enhanced internal atomic clocks, better anti-jam resistance, a civil signal for commercial aviation and a longer design life. The GPS IIF-11 satellite provides space-based system global location and time information in all weather conditions.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Date: Nov 2, 2015