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ATK and USA Announce Agreement on Ares I Subcontract Work

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: 17 October, 2008  (New Product)
ATK has reached an agreement with United Space Alliance(USA) to perform subcontractor support to ATK for NASA's Ares I launch vehicle.
In December 2005, NASA named ATK as the prime contractor for the
Ares I first stage and subsequently awarded a multi-year contract to the
company for the design, development, test and evaluation phase of the
program. Ares I is NASA's next-generation human space flight launch vehicle.

In its role as prime contractor ATK will continue to support NASA with
overall requirements maturation, integration and establishment of interfaces
within the first stage subsystems. ATK also will provide first stage and
system level avionics, and coordinate a variety of supplier and subcontractor
efforts for both the solid Rocket segments and the new first stage assembly

USA's work scope includes engineering and analysis support to ensure space
shuttle Solid Rocket Booster hardware meets the new Ares first stage
requirements, refurbishment of Space Shuttle components and subsystems for
the first stage, and procurement of several Avionics and ordnance components.
USA also has a role in the deceleration subsystem with the new parachutes
design, development and testing. USA will provide skilled personnel to build
up and integrate the new forward structures, designed by ATK.

'ATK has successfully supported NASA's efforts over the last two years by
leading Ares I first stage Integrated Product Teams, and completing the first
stage Preliminary Design Review with NASA this summer,' said Michael Kahn,
Executive Vice President and General Manager, ATK Launch Systems. 'Now that
we are approaching the next phase of the Ares I program we are pleased to
have USA as our major subcontractor. This is the most effective team to
ensure success and the best value for NASA.'

'We look forward to being a key member of the ATK Ares I team,' said Dick
Covey, USA President and Chief Executive Officer. 'The capabilities that USA
brings to the team are rooted in our Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster
heritage, in particular the skill of designing for operability. USA is fully
committed to helping this team achieve maximum success for NASA's
Constellation Program.'

In summary remarks, Carl Marchetto, President of ATK Space Systems said, 'The
Ares I program is making consistent and dramatic progress. The Ares 1-X test
flight and ground testing of the full scale five-segment booster for the
operational vehicle scheduled for 2009, and a series of ground tests and
flight tests over the next several years, will clearly demonstrate the
program's critical capabilities for the future of U.S. space exploration.'
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