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NASA and ATK Complete Avionics and Control Testing for SLS Booster

NASA and ATK have successfully completed two key avionics tests for the solid rocket boosters for the space agency’s new heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System, being constructed to embark on bold missions to explore deep space. Image Credit: PRNewsFoto/ATK

Development of NASA’s next generation heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), [...]

NASA Hosts Earth Science Social Media Event

This view of Earth comes from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite.Photo Credit: NASA

One-hundred people from 22 U.S. states and some foreign countries will attend a two-day NASA Social on Nov. 4 and 5 at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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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, [...]

SLS QM-1 Booster Readied for Tests by NASA, ATK

Photo Credit: ATK

A full-scale version of Alliant Techsystems’ (ATK) solid rocket booster that will be used on NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, or “SLS,” is being readied for testing. The center aft segment of ATK’s qualification motor-1 (QM-1) was sent to the site in the deserts of Utah on May [...]

ATK's New Contract with NASA: A Step Towards SLS's Flight

This artist’s concept of the SLS evokes its exciting future of mission to the Moon and Mars. Image Credit: ATK

We’re getting closer to seeing NASA’s Space Launch System heavy lift vehicle roll onto the launch pad. On October 9, the space agency awarded contractor Alliant Techsystems (ATK) a $50 million contract to complete [...]

ATK: Program Aiding in Improving Efficiency of SLS Booster Production

This image shows the 70-ton, crewed version of NASA’s Space Launch System which ATK’s new employee-driven streamlining program is working to make more efficient. Image Credit: NASA

NASA and ATK held an event today to highlight efforts made to reduce the amount of time that it takes to produce the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) [...]

ATK Hosts GEM Tweetup

Image Credit: ATK

ATK will be hosting a “Tweetup” for a static test firing of the Utah-based company’s GEM-60 solid rocket booster. Registration is currently open and will close on Aug. 31. The test firing and Tweetup are scheduled to take place on Sept. 6. To register, interested individuals need to email hillary.searle@atk.com by [...]

PHOTO FEATURE: Sun, Moon Enter Cosmic Dance Creating "Ring Of Fire"

What appears to be a 747 airliner passing through the crescent eclipsed sun. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

What appears to be a 747 airliner passing through the crescent eclipsed sun. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

A “Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse dropped jaws of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people this past Sunday, wowing people from China and Japan across the Pacific to the [...]