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2009-12-10 08:12:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) successfully tested its newly developed CASTOR® 30 upper stage solid rocket motor today at the U.S. Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tennessee. The test was a significant milestone for ATK, which developed the motor using internal research and development funding. The CASTOR 30 fills a key position in the company's "Family of Motors" product line concept. This...

2009-11-11 07:30:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a $100 million contract from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to produce solid rocket propulsion systems for all three stages of the U.S. Navy's Trident II (D-5) Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM). Under terms of the annual contract, ATK will continue to supply Trident solid rocket propulsion systems to the Trident II (D-5) Missile System Prime Contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale,...

2009-11-04 07:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and BAE Systems announced they have been awarded a $32.2 million contract to develop the Joint Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS). JATAS is the next-generation missile warning system that will provide protection for U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps helicopter and tilt-wing aircraft. The ATK and BAE Systems team was one of two industry teams selected to execute the JATAS Technology Demonstration (TD) phase,...

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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2009-09-09 06:35:00

The White House's panel of space experts has concluded that NASA's plans simply don't match up with its budget for future space exploration. "Under the budget that was proposed, exploration beyond Earth is not viable," panel member Edward Crawley, a professor of aeronautics at MIT, told the Associated Press. The report issues changes for each of NASA's mission deadlines, including a proposal by President George W. Bush for the space agency to return to the moon by 2020. The plan was intended...

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...

2009-08-17 09:03:36

NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc. have rescheduled the first full-scale, full-duration test of the new Ares I first-stage solid rocket motor. The test, originally scheduled for Aug. 25, will take place at the ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah, on Aug. 27. NASA said the new date allows key NASA and ATK personnel to support the test, as well as the upcoming STS-128 space shuttle Discovery mission that's targeted for launch next Monday. The static firing of the five-segment solid motor will...

2009-07-13 10:18:00

PROMONTORY, Utah, July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --In commemoration of the first moon landing, ATK Space Systems and NASA will mark the next steps in space as they unveil the first completed Ares I first stage five segment booster, planned to be tested next month. What: Unveiling of the five-segment Ares I first stage rocket When: Monday July 20, 2009 Time: 10 a.m. MDT Where: ATK Space Systems facility in Promontory, Utah...

2009-07-01 07:00:00

Motors Assist Stage Separation and Second Stage Engine Safe Start-Up HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) was selected by The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) to manufacture the upper stage ullage motors for the new Ares I launch vehicle. The Ares I is NASA's two-stage rocket that will launch astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft on missions to the International Space Station, the moon, Mars and out into the solar system. The ullage motor, almost four...

2009-03-15 20:12:00

Motors Provided Main Thrust to Support Discovery's Mission to the International Space Station MINNEAPOLIS, March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems' (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) passed a major milestone as they successfully powered NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew during this morning's launch. The motors launched were the 100th flight set since the redesigned RSRMs were first flown more than 20 years ago. "The launch of the 100th flight set of...