Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) has completed a successful test of the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for NASA´s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS), the company said.
Members of the NASA and Lockheed Martin team were on hand to witness the test, which demonstrated the motor´s power to steer the LAS during a mission-abort scenario.
This recent test is part of a design, analysis and test series focused on qualifying the ACM for crewed-flight missions.
The Orion spacecraft is launched by NASA´s Space Launch System. Lockheed Martin is leading the industry team charged with developing Orion under contract to NASA.
Orbital ATK´s Defense Systems Group provides precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.
Orbital ATK designs, builds, and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. The company employs more than 12,500 people in 18 states across the United States and in several international locations.