Orbital ATK provides hardware for Morelos-3 satellite launch

Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA) said it provided critical launch vehicle and satellite payload hardware for the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Commercial Launch Services launch of Mexico´s Morelos-3 satellite aboard an Atlas V.

Morelos-3 will be the second satellite that comprises the MEXSAT communications satellite system. MEXSAT is a constellation of satellites owned by Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes, a government agency of Mexico, and operated by Telecomunicaciones de México, which delivers advanced mobile and fixed satellite telecommunications throughout Mexico.

Orbital ATK´s contributions to the Atlas V and Morelos-3 satellite include cutting-edge technologies from across the company. Contributions include a large composite faring, retro motors and propellant tanks for the rocket, and thermal and structural components on the satellite.

For the Atlas V rocket, Orbital ATK produced the 10-foot diameter composite heat shield, which provides higher performance with lower weight, and essential protection for the first stage of the launch vehicle from engine exhaust temperatures in excess of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The assembly was fabricated using advanced fiber placement manufacturing techniques at Orbital ATK´s Iuka, Mississippi facility. This is the 57th Atlas V launch using Orbital ATK-built composite structures.

For the Morelos-3 satellite, Orbital ATK provided the structures for the booms and the 22-meter payload antenna that make up the precision stable backing structure for the Harris deployable antenna.

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.