Orbital ATK has won a Research and Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion Systems 2 (RTAPS2) contract from NASA to provide advanced space propulsion system technologies.
NASA developed the RTAPS2 contract as part of aerospace research activities at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
RTAPS2 makes it possible for qualified industry partners to develop, demonstrate and verify advanced propulsion system technologies as part of NASA’s aerospace research programs, the company announced today.
Research and development efforts in these technologies will address a wide variety of propulsion issues for subsonic, supersonic, hypersonic and rotorcraft transportation vehicles, as well as addressing issues pertaining to aviation safety and space exploration missions. The award was made to Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orbital ATK.
The Orbital ATK team consists of more than a dozen established technology partners and small businesses.
Under Orbital ATK’s direction they will research and develop space propulsion technologies that enable higher mission performance, reduced cost, improved operability and reliability, and greater safety. Elements of the space propulsion award include liquid engine systems, propellant systems, electric propulsion and rocket-based combined cycle.
DeTect has commissioned its newest RAPTOR radar wind profiler system for NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to assess and monitor wind direction and speed in real-time for rocket launch safety. The RAPTOR radar wind profiler system commissioned at the NASAs Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in USA also helps flight engineers to understand stresses on the launch vehicles, the company announced today
NASA announced Thursday that its researchers along with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and FlexSys Inc have successfully completed initial flight tests of a new morphing wing technology that can reduce airframe weight. The new technology has a potential to save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs, reduce airframe weight and decrease aircraft noise during takeoffs and landings
NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center has tested its first 3-D printed rocket engine prototype part made of two different metal alloys. NASA has been making and evaluating durable 3-D printed rocket parts made of one metal, but the technique of 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, with more than one metal is more difficult, NASA said in a statement on Monday
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched a program Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW) with Boeing and Area-I aeronautics company to test wings equipped with actuators that would enable them to fold during flight. The folding wings project could provide the ability to modify wings for maximum efficiency depending on flight conditions,
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Lockheed Martin has awarded a $14 million contract to Orbital ATK to produce its Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead (AW) for the US Army. In tests, the Orbital ATK warheads with Lethality Enhanced Ordnance (LEO) technology achieved the Armys stated requirements for area effects, but left behind no unexploded ordnance, a major accomplishment for this warhead design
Orbital ATK has successfully tested a 3D-printed hypersonic engine combustor at NASA Langley Research Center. The combustor, produced through an additive manufacturing process known as powder bed fusion (PBF), was subjected to a variety of high-temperature hypersonic flight conditions over the course of 20 days, including one of the longest duration propulsion wind tunnel tests ever recorded for a unit of this kind
Orbital ATK has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the Helicopter Active Protection System (HAPS), a system to protect helicopters against airborne threats. This represents the first patent awarded to Orbital ATK for its development of methods and systems of active protection from aerial threats by dispensing a kill vehicle from either aerial or ground platforms, the company said in a press release Thursday
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