Orbital ATK Technologies Provided Large Composite Structures and Retro Motors

October 23 2017

Orbital ATK recently supported the launches of three United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V vehicles with critical hardware from multiple divisions across the country. One of the rockets launched NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-M spacecraft, which included multiple components manufactured by Orbital ATK. The other two rockets launched national security payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office, designated NROL-42 and NROL-52. All three launches took place within eight weeks.

For all three launches, Orbital ATK produced the ULA Atlas V vehicles’ 10-foot diameter composite heat shields, which provide essential protection for each first stage, at the company’s facility in Iuka, Mississippi.

For the NROL-42 launch, Orbital ATK provided two additional composite structures on ULA’s Atlas V launch vehicle, which include the Centaur Interstage Adapter (CISA) that houses the second stage engine, and the boattail that adapts from the core vehicle to the five-meter diameter fairing. NROL-52 launched October 15 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. This was the 74th Atlas V launch using Orbital ATK-built composite structures and the 39th consecutive successful flight of the Orbital ATK retromotors.

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