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Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received a five-year, $22 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop automated composite technologies designed to reduce the manufacturing costs, and increase the performance of large composite launch vehicle structures.
Work on the Large Automated Production of Expendable Launch Structures (LAPELS) contract will be performed at ATK facilities in Clearfield, Utah and Iuka, Mississippi. There are 17 specific initiatives in the LAPELS program including: low cost tooling, filament winding techniques, integrated health monitoring, thermal protection systems, and tape lamination.
“”ATK is already an industry leader in the development and production of large composite structures for launch systems, aircraft and space structures,”” said Ray Bronson, Vice President and General Manager, ATK Space Systems and Sensors. “”We look forward to working with the AFRL on the LAPELS program to showcase how the advancements made in composite materials and manufacturing techniques will benefit commercial and government space-launch capabilities.””
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