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ATK and NASA to Perform Final Ground Test for the Space Shuttle Program

February 5, 2010

PROMONTORY, Utah, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA will conduct the last ground test for the Space Shuttle program on February 25, marking the closure of a program that has spanned more than three decades and ushering in the era of the next generation of space exploration.


           What:     Horizontal ground test firing of a four-segment solid
                      rocket motor
           When:     Thursday, February 25, 2010
           Time:     11:55 a.m. MST
           Where:    ATK Space Systems facility in Promontory, Utah

Test Objectives/Background:

  • A total of 43 design objectives will be measured through 258 instrument channels
  • This final test will be the 52nd test conducted for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program
  • The ground test will be conducted to ensure the safe fly-out of the remaining four missions
  • The first test was conducted on July 18, 1977
  • The cases have previously flown on the space shuttle, collectively launching 38 missions


    Media Contacts:
    Trina Patterson                       George Torres
    Cell: 801-699-0943                    Cell: 801-699-2637
    E-mail: trina.patterson@atk.com       E-mail: george.torres@atk.com

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