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2013-01-07 08:21:10

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Defense Weather Systems Directorate to execute a study of Network-Centric Small Satellites as an element of SMC's Weather Satellite Follow-On Activities. This study will provide comprehensive insight into the capabilities and characteristics of a 21st century weather data service that can systematically augment the legacy...

2011-08-08 11:30:00

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Space Sector of Aitech Defense Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of space-qualified electronics for open architecture CompactPCI technologies, has announced that the avionics card set it developed for ATK Space Systems' Responsive Space Modular Bus (RSMB) used on the TacSat-3 satellite has successfully completed two years of maintenance free operation. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110808/PH48721 ) Brendan Regan, vice...

2010-02-08 04:33:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems' (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) ignited at 4:14 a.m. EST, launching the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its crew on their 13-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). More than 100 RSRM flight sets have been launched to date, marking a two-decade track record of flawless performance. "The successful launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour highlights the capabilities and progress ATK and NASA have made...

2009-11-16 14:34:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems' (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRMs) once again performed flawlessly as they ignited at 2:28 p.m. EST, launching the Space Shuttle Atlantis on its mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) and conduct the final crew rotation for the shuttle program. Standing at 149 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter, the two solid rocket boosters each produced more than 15 million horsepower and 3.3 million...

2009-10-28 12:12:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems' (NYSE: ATK) first stage ignited today at 11:30 a.m., launching the Ares I-X flight test for NASA and igniting the next generation in American spaceflight. The Ares I is designed to be the safest rocket ever developed to deliver humans to space. "The successful launch of the Ares I-X continues to demonstrate decades of flawless performance and the progress ATK and NASA have made to develop the most reliable and...

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2009-09-10 16:33:38

NASA completed the first test firing of its first stage booster for the Ares I rocket on Thursday. Flames spewed from the tail of the five-segment solid development motor 1 (DM-1) for two minutes at a facility owned by ATK Space Systems in Promontory, Utah. The motor, which spans about the length of two school buses, was anchored to the ground horizontally. During the initial test firing, the motor produced 3.6 million pounds of thrust. "With this test, we have taken lessons learned from many...

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2009-09-04 15:22:59

NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc., or ATK, have rescheduled the test of the new first-stage solid rocket motor for the Ares I rocket. The static firing of the five-segment solid motor, designated development motor -1, is scheduled for 1 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The first firing attempt on Aug. 27 was scrubbed because of an anomaly with the ground test controller. The goal of this test is to obtain valuable thrust, roll-control, acoustics...

2009-08-19 17:40:00

NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc., or ATK, will conduct the first full-scale, full-duration test of the new first-stage solid rocket motor for the Ares I rocket at 1 p.m. MDT, on Thursday, Aug. 27. The test will take place at the ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The test was previously scheduled for Aug. 25. The new date allows key NASA and ATK personnel to support this test and the upcoming STS-128 space shuttle Discovery mission. Discovery is targeted for launch on Aug. 24. The static...

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2009-07-21 06:46:56

NASA and ATK unveil the completed Ares I first stage five-segment solid rocket booster today in Promontory, Utah. The completed solid rocket booster is now installed horizontally in a test stand that was modified from the space shuttle's four-segment configuration to fit the new five-segment Ares I booster. Instrumentation will be installed over the next month in preparation for the first major ground test of the NASA Constellation program August 25. NASA's Ares I launch vehicle will launch...

2009-07-15 18:20:00

MINNEAPOLIS, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems' (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) ignited at 6:03 p.m. EDT, launching the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its crew on their 16-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). More than 100 RSRM flight sets have been launched to date, marking a two-decade track record of flawless performance. "Today's launch of the twin solid rocket motors is a continued demonstration of ATK's commitment to safety and...