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ATK to Provide Composite Structures For Delta Space Launch Vehicles

27 April 2001


ATK has been awarded a multi-million contract from Boeing to manufacture composite structures for the Boeing Delta II, Delta III, and Delta IV space launch vehicles. The contract extends through calendar year 2008.

Under the contract, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company, Clearfield, Utah, will manufacture payload fairings, payload adapters, centerbodies, and interstages for the Delta vehicles. The majority of the work will be conducted at ATK's Southern Composites Center in Iuka, Miss., a 325,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility opened in 1998. Additional work will be performed at the company's composite structures manufacturing plant in Clearfield, Utah.

Jim Nichols, director of programs, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company, said the contract is a natural expansion of the work the company currently is conducting on the next-generation Delta IV vehicle at the Southern Composites Center, where it manufactures 16 separate Delta IV structures. ""Under this new contract, we will significantly increase our structures production on the Delta II and Delta III vehicles beyond the rocket motor casings we currently manufacture to encompass a number of vehicle components as well,"" said Nichols. ""In addition, our involvement on Delta IV will grow.""

Nichols said the high strength, light weight, and overall reliability of ATK's composite components make them ideally suited to help Boeing carry on the long-running tradition of Delta mission success. Composite structures represent one of four ATK core competencies, or ""lanes of excellence,"" that form the foundation of the company's strategy for growth. ATK operates more composite fiber placement machines than any other supplier in the world, and is also an industry leader in both hand laid-up and filament-wound composite structures.

Headquartered in Magna, Utah, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company is part of ATK's Aerospace segment, which comprises the corporation's propulsion and composite structures operations. ATK is a $1.6 billion aerospace and defense company with leading positions in munitions, precision capabilities, propulsion, and composite structures. The company, which is headquartered in Hopkins, Minn., employs approximately 10,000 people and has two business segments: Aerospace and Defense.






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