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2011-03-20 11:40:00

For the first time, NASA has released high-definition video taken during the retrieval of solid rocket booster segments from the Atlantic Ocean. The solid rocket boosters provided 144 million horsepower of thrust for the final launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission. After each shuttle launch, crew members of the Liberty Star and Freedom Star retrieval ships pull the spent boosters out of the ocean and return them to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida....

2011-02-24 16:52:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Feb. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK's (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) ignited at 4:53 p.m. EST, launching the Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew on their 11-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Since the inaugural flight of the space shuttle, 266 space shuttle solid rocket motors have been launched to date, with 53 full-scale ground tests allowing ATK and NASA to constantly improve safety, techniques and processes. "As we near...

2010-08-14 11:09:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced its key role in the successful launch of United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Space Vehicle #1 (SV#1). Launching in its 531 configuration, Aerojet provided three solid rocket boosters for the Atlas V launch vehicle, eight retro rockets for the Atlas Centaur separation from the launch vehicle, 12 reaction...

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2010-05-29 09:50:00

The last set of space shuttle solid rocket boosters was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in Florida Friday morning, following a final train ride from their Promontory, Utah-based factory. NASA contractor Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been building and processing the solid rocket boosters (SRBs), which help propel space shuttles to orbit,  since the beginning of the shuttle program some three decades years ago. "I think there was a little bit of melancholy knowing that these were the...

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2009-12-15 15:20:00

NASA has purchased two reusable solid rocket motors from ATK Launch Systems Inc. of Brigham City, Utah, to provide a "launch on need" rescue capability for the final planned space shuttle mission, targeted for September 2010. The reusable solid rocket motors are the propellant-loaded sections of the solid rocket boosters that provide thrust for the first two minutes of a shuttle flight. The $64.6 million modification brings the total value of the contract, which was awarded in October 1998,...

2009-08-17 11:57:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) played a key role in the successful launch of United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket today from Space Launch Complex 17A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., carrying the GPS IIR-21 satellite for the Air Force. Nine ATK GEM-40 solid propulsion strap-on boosters provided augmented thrust for the launch. Six of the boosters ignited at lift-off with the first-stage main engine and provided over 824,000...

2009-05-06 07:00:00

ATK Engineering, Fabrication, and Testing Supports Missile Defense Agency's STSS-ATRR Satellite MINNEAPOLIS, May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) propulsion, composites and spacecraft technologies have key roles in the successful launch of United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and the mission of the Missile Defense Agency's Space Tracking and Surveillance System - Advanced Technology Risk Reduction (STSS-ATRR)...

2009-04-03 21:34:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced its key role in the successful launch of United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket tonight from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the second Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, formerly known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite. Aerojet provided two solid rocket boosters for the launch vehicle, eight retro rockets for the Atlas Centaur separation from the launch vehicle, reaction control thrusters...

2009-03-24 07:47:00

ATK Propulsion, Composite, and Space Technologies Support GPS Satellite Mission GPS IIR-M Satellite Provides Upgraded Operations and Navigation Signal Performance MINNEAPOLIS, March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) supported today's successful launch of United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The rocket carried the U.S. Air Force's seventh modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) military navigation...

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2009-03-11 10:29:04

The U.S. space agency says it has successfully tested the igniter that will be used to start the Ares I rocket's first-stage motor. Ares I is the first launch vehicle in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Constellation family of space vehicles that will transport astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station, the moon and beyond during coming decades. The igniter performed as expected during the test, generating a flame nearly 200 feet in length, NASA said. The Ares...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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