Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA) said it contributed integrated hardware to Saturday´s successful launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket and the GPS Block IIF satellite payload from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Now in geosynchronous orbit above the Earth, the eleventh GPS IIF satellite in the constellation will replace older, first-generation GPS satellites and provide improved accuracy, signal strength and quality to America´s warfighters, allies and civilian users worldwide. Boeing (NYSE: BA) designed and built the GPS IIF satellite for the US Air Force.
The Orbital ATK components, in both the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle and satellite, utilize the latest, cutting-edge technology across multiple divisions. These include large composite structures, retro motors, propellant tanks, state-of-the art solar arrays and other critical components on the GPS IIF satellite.
This flight marked the 23rd successful flight of the Orbital ATK retro motors. Eight of these solid motors provided thrust for separation of the spent first stage. The ULA Atlas V retrorocket is built at Orbital ATK´s Elkton, Maryland, facility.
Orbital ATK´s Space Components Division facility in Commerce, California manufactured the Reaction Control System (RCS) propellant tanks for the ULA Atlas V rocket.
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the US and in several international locations.