Partnering with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Boeing is progressing on the avionics subsystem as well the design of two cryogenic stages concurrently to maximize affordability of SLS rocket development and operations. Toward that end, the team is employing innovative and cost-effective manufacturing methods at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Major production tool installation already is underway. Boeing has engaged 120 suppliers across 30 states to support production of the SLS.
Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing is not only building the core stages and avionics for the Space Launch System, but is the prime contractor for the International Space Station (ISS), and is building the next Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) to resupply the ISS. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing provides products and support services to customers in 150 countries and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales.
ATK’s role in the SLS/Orion programs
ATK’s contribution to NASA’s Space Launch System is the five-segment solid rocket boosters that will be used for the first two flights of NASA’s SLS. Later this year, ATK will test its five-segment solid rocket motor, meeting a critical milestone for the program and validating the numerous affordability and process changes ATK has incorporated into its boosters. This test, QM-1, is the first of two tests to qualify the SLS booster for human-rated flight. Across the country, SLS teammates are working with NASA to build the first SLS rocket, supporting a strong aerospace industry. For the SLS boosters, ATK has 29 key suppliers across 16 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
ATK also manufactures the launch abort motor, an integral part of Orion’s launch abort system, which is designed to safely propel the Orion spacecraft safely away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during the initial ascent of the SLS. For the launch abort motor, ATK is on contract to Lockheed Martin, who is the prime contractor to NASA building the Orion spacecraft. The industry team includes major subcontractors, such as ATK, and a nationwide network of minor subcontractors, small businesses and suppliers across the United States.
Media interested in learning more about ATK’s role in building the boosters and abort motor for NASA’s Space Launch System are encouraged to visit the company’s exhibit, attend the events throughout the week or contact on-site media representatives (listed below). ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atk, or on Twitter @ATK.
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s role in the SLS/Orion programs
NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne to supply the RS-25 engines for the core stage propulsion and is ground testing Aerojet Rocketdyne's J-2X engine with manufacturing improvements and modified engine controllers for the RS-25, as well as evaluating it for potential use on an SLS upper stage. In addition, Aerojet Rocketdyne built the jettison motor for Orion ‘s launch abort system.
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Other SLS Suppliers on-site at Oshkosh
Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) is supplying Thrust Vector Control (TVC) Systems to the NASA Space Launch System. The TVC System includes actuators and control avionics for the core stage rocket engines, the booster stage motors and the upper stage engines. The heritage of these systems is built from the Saturn, Delta and Space Shuttle systems.
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