Military Aerospace Technology Today is: Oct 10, 2007
Volume: 6  Issue: 1
Published: Feb 21, 2007

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ATK Awarded Main Abort Motor Deal

Scope of the contract includes development, testing and program support

By Rodney L. Pringle

Alliant Techsystems announced that it has received a $62.5 million contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation for the main abort motor of the NASA Orion crew exploration vehicle Launch Abort System (LAS). NASA’s Orion will succeed the Space Shuttle in transporting humans to and from the International Space Station, as well as carrying crews to the Moon and eventually Mars. Under the terms of the deal, ATK will design, develop, produce, test and deliver the launch abort motor (LAM), the largest of the three propulsion units integrated into the LAS. The contract includes four full-scale static test units and eight deliverable motors to Orbital for pathfinders, test flights and program support. Orbital is subcontracted to Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for Orion.

Features In this Issue of Military Aerospace Technology:

Space Defender
Interview with Gen. Kevin P. Chilton
Commander, Air Force Space Command Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
Global Space Protector
Interview with General James E. Cartwright
Commander, United States Strategic Command Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
Protecting America’s Space Interests
View from the Hill
The contribution of space is critical to the United State’s strategic missile defense and intelligence community as well as homeland security, diplomacy and the economy. Emerging threats could challenge the nation’s space advantage.
A B-52 Standoff?
The cancellation of the Air Force’s B-52 standoff jammer leaves the Navy shouldering that electronic warfare mission. The Air Force says it is studying the alternatives, but opinions differ whether it will get back into the game.
A-10 Makeover On The Horizon
The A-10 Thunderbolt II, aka the Warthog, has long been admired for its effectiveness in achieving its mission of close air support of ground forces. A comprehensive upgrade package for the aircraft is expected to move it from the analog to digital age.
Blocking The Ballistic Threat
The Missile Defense Agency has developed a multifaceted strategy to accomplish its mission. Spiral development in two-year blocks allows the agency to refine program objectives as technology becomes available.
WMD Center Sparks Collaboration
The Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction at U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) has reached full operational capability. The USSTRATCOM WMD Center integrates and synchronizes efforts to combat global WMD proliferation.
Hypersonic Strike
The BGM-109 Tomahawk missile has served the Navy well, providing combat ships with the ability to strike targets on land or at seas from long ranges. The Navy is now seeking a missile with speeds up to 6 Mach to take out time-sensitive targets.

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