Press Release

ATK Awarded $97 Million Contract to Supply Orion Rocket Motors to Orbital Sciences Corporation

By SpaceRef Editor
February 19, 2004
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Rocket Motors Will Launch Orbital’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD)
Orbital Boost Vehicle (OBV)

ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has
received contracts worth over $97 million to produce first, second, and
third stage Orion motors for Orbital Sciences Corporation. Work under the
two-year contracts will be performed at the ATK Thiokol Propulsion Bacchus
Plant in Magna, Utah.

The contracts call for the delivery of 23 Orion flight sets in 2004 and
2005, along with additional tooling to support the higher production rates
planned during the two-year period. Three partial flight sets are designated
for use on Minotaur space launch vehicles that Orbital produces under the
U.S. Air Force’s Orbital/Suborbital Program. Another flight set is slated to
launch a Pegasus XL vehicle. The remaining 21 motor sets are designated for
use on the missile defense interceptor boost vehicle configuration that
Orbital is developing and manufacturing for The Boeing Company, which is the
prime contractor for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Orbital’s
Ground-based Midcourse Defense Orbital Boost Vehicle (GMD OBV) is a
three-stage system based on flight-proven hardware that has flown 45 times
on missions for PegasusÆ, TaurusÆ and Minotaur space launch vehicles.

"These new orders will increase the production rate for Orion motors,
primarily in support of President Bush’s mandate for the accelerated GMD
deployment," said Mark Beus, director, Orion Motor Programs. "The Bush
administration goal calls for 10 deployed vehicles this year and in 2005."

ATK is already on contract for several Integrated Flight Tests (IFTs) for
GMD. These new orders add four more IFTs and three Test Beds to the total
orders, as well as fourteen Capability Enhancement motor sets for
deployments at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base,

"We are pleased to increase production rates for Orion motors and are proud
to play a vital role in the nation’s defense," stated Jeff Foote, group vice
president, Aerospace.

Silo-launch capability of Orbital’s GMD OBV was demonstrated earlier this
year. ATK also supports another GMD booster design, the GMD Boost Vehicle
Plus (BV+), for Lockheed Martin, which uses ATK’s GEM 40 VN (vectorable
nozzle) motors.

ATK is a $2.2 billion aerospace and defense company with strong positions in
propulsion, composite structures, munitions, precision capabilities, and
civil and sporting ammunition. The company, which is headquartered in Edina,
Minn., employs approximately 12,600 people and has three business groups:
Precision Systems, Aerospace, and Ammunition and Related Products.

SpaceRef staff editor.