Picture-Perfect Booster QM-1 Test Fire Marks Big Milestone for NASA SLS Development

An Orbital ATK five-segment solid rocket booster igniting on the test stand in Promontory, Utah, on March 11, 2015, unleashing 3.6 million pounds of thrust within a second for the Qualification Motor-1 (QM-1) test fire for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

The solid rocket booster that will propel […]

Solid Rocket Booster for NASA's Space Launch System Ready for Wednesday Test Fire in Utah

Orbital ATK five-segment solid rocket booster on the test stand in Promontory, Utah. Photo Credit: Orbital ATK

When NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launches the agency’s Orion deep-space crew capsule for the first time in late 2018, it will mark the beginning of a new chapter in America’s human spaceflight efforts, aiming […]

Test-Fire Delayed Due to Defects Found in QM 1 Aft Segment

ATK’s test-firing of the Qualification Motor 1 has been delayed due to defects found in the aft segment of the motor. Photo Credit: NASA / ATK

ATK and NASA have had to postpone the upcoming ground test of the Qualification Motor (QM)-1 due to one of the segments not meeting testing criteria. As such, […]

ATK to Provide Solid Rocket Motors for Stratolaunch System

Image Credit: Stratolaunch Systems

Utah-based ATK has received a contract from Orbital Science’s Corporation to produce propulsion systems for the Air Launch Vehicle (ALV) that Orbital is building for Stratolaunch Systems Corporation. It is hoped that this new delivery system will have a positive impact on providing access to orbit.


On @ The 90: Atlantis Exhibit's Opening Highlights NASA's Malaise

Yesterday’s opening of the Atlantis Exhibit unleashed a swell of emotions from most in attendance. It was a time to reflect on the past as well as the future. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — As a former soldier and law enforcement officer, I am not one who is comfortable […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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Boeing X-51A WaveRider Makes Longest Hypersonic Flight to Date

Boeing’s X-51A Waverider has successfully completed the longest-duration test flight to date, reaching speeds of Mach 5.1. Photo Credit: USAF

Boeing’s X-51A Waverider unmanned hypersonic test vehicle completed the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered flight to date under the program. This flight was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base in California on May 1. The flight […]

Atlantis Emerges From Cocoon at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The business end of Space Shuttle Atlantis emerges from the protective cocoon that has covered her since shortly after she arrived at her new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex began unwrapping a very special Space Coast […]

The Two Towers: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Atlantis Exhibit Boasts New Addition

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Atlantis Exhibit is gaining new elements that should serve as a beacon for guests. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The operators of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Delaware North Companies (DNC), are continuing to make progress toward the planned June 29, 2013, opening for […]

ATK Successfully Ground Tests New CASTOR 30XL Upper Stage Solid Rocket Motor

Photo Caption: ATK successfully tested its CASTOR® 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor March 27, at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) in Tennessee. Photo Credit: ATK and AEDC

Motor will be used for NASA Commercial and Government Launch Vehicles

Arlington, Va., March 28, 2013 — ATK (NYSE: ATK) successfully tested its […]