Press Release

ATK Rocket Motors Successfully Launch Satellite Aboard Titan IV B Rocket

By SpaceRef Editor
October 8, 2001
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ATK (Alliant Techsystems)
said rocket motors designed and manufactured by its Aerospace Group helped
launch a Lockheed Martin Titan IV B rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance
Office (NRO) satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Oct. 5.
launch marks the 11th flight of the Titan IV B rocket.

Two Solid Rocket Motor Upgrade (SRMU) motors, each measuring 112 feet long
and 10.5 feet in diameter provided the zero-stage boost assist for the Titan
IV B during its initial 148 seconds of flight.
Twenty-two SRMU motors have
successfully flown on all 11 flights of the Titan IV B.

Following the burnout of the SRMU boosters, they were separated from the
Titan IV vehicle by twelve staging rockets measuring 8 inches in diameter
attached to the nose and the aft skirt of the boosters.
At approximately nine
minutes into the flight, four STAR(TM) 5CB (Clean Burn) retrorockets measuring
five inches in diameter propelled the Titan IV B second stage away from the
payload stack.

The SRMU boosters are produced by ATK Thiokol Propulsion Company,
Promontory, Utah, at its manufacturing facility in Magna, Utah.
three-segment SRMU motor cases are made of graphite epoxy composite material,
which reduces its inert weight from that of its steel-cased predecessor motor,
despite the SRMU’s larger size and greater amount of solid propellant.

The staging motors and the STAR 5CB retrorockets are produced by ATK
Tactical Systems Company at its Rocket Center, W. Va. and Elkton, Md.
manufacturing facilities.
More than 800 STAR 5 motors have flown on Titan
launch vehicles since 1960.

The nation’s largest, most powerful expendable launch vehicle, the Titan
IV B is capable of boosting up to 47,800 pounds into low-Earth orbit or more
than 12,700 pounds into geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.
is built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company-Astronautics Operations near
Denver, Colo.

ATK is a $1.6 billion aerospace and defense company with leading positions
in propulsion, composite structures, munitions, and precision capabilities.
The company, which is headquartered in Edina, Minn., employs approximately
9,600 people and has two business segments:
Aerospace and Defense.
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SpaceRef staff editor.