Press Release

ATK Rocket Motors Help Place Classified Payload in Orbit

By SpaceRef Editor
September 1, 2004
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Four ATK (NYSE: ATK) CASTOR® IVA strap-on solid rocket motors helped successfully launch a
Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,
Florida, yesterday. The Atlas IIAS carried a classified payload for the
National Reconnaissance Office to orbit.

ATK Thiokol has produced CASTOR IVA strap-on boosters for the Lockheed
Martin Atlas IIAS since 1993 with 100-percent launch success rate. Two of the
motors ignited at launch to provide initial thrust. The remaining two motors
ignited approximately one minute into the flight.

ATK is a $2.4 billion advanced weapon and space systems company employing
13,100 people in 23 states.

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