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ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company has been awarded contracts worth approximately $1.8 million from EADS CASA Espacio, Madrid, Spain, to produce composite structures for the Ariane 5 space launch vehicle — the first new-generation heavy-lift launcher to enter commercial service.
Under a nine-month contract valued at approximately $1 million, ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company will fabricate a composite adapter that serves as a link between the Ariane 5 vehicle’s upper stage and the payload. A second contract worth approximately $800,000 calls for the company to produce additional interstage skirts, which connect the lower and upper stages of the vehicle. These additional flight models represent a follow-on to an original $4 million contract award received in 1999.
ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company is part of ATK’s Aerospace segment, which comprises the corporation’s propulsion and composite structures operations.
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