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ATK - Pegasus Rocket Success Carrying NASA's AIM Satellite


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ATK
: 25 April, 2007  (Company News)
ATK Supports Successful Launch of Pegasus Rocket Carrying NASA's AIM Satellite
Alliant Techsystems solid propulsion and composite technologies supported the successful launch yesterday of an Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) air-launched Pegasus XL Rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Pegasus XL carried NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite into space.

ATK's Orion solid propulsion motors provided power for all three stages of the air-launch vehicle. The motors, which have flown on all Pegasus rockets since its first mission in 1990, are manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah. The composite payload fairing, filament-wound solid Rocket motor cases, the interstage that form the Pegasus vehicle's main structure and the first stage igniter case were produced by ATK in Clearfield, Utah.

The AIM satellite mission will explore Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMCs), also called noctilucent clouds. PMCs, form about 50 miles above the Earth's surface and are commonly seen over the polar regions. More recently these clouds have been sighted in Colorado and Utah where they have never before been observed.

The satellite will generate electricity from a six panel, two stage deployable solar array system custom built by ATK's Goleta, California site.
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