Orbital ATK and Stratolaunch Systems Partner to Offer Competitive Space Launch Opportunities

Conceptual rendering of the Stratolaunch Aircraft and the Orbital ATK Pegasus XL air-launch vehicles. (Photo: Business Wire)

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DULLES, Va.--()--Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, and Stratolaunch Systems today announced a multi-year production-based partnership that will offer significant cost advantages to air-launch customers. Stratolaunch Systems, in cooperation with Vulcan Aerospace, is responsible for realizing Paul G. Allen’s vision for space.

Under this partnership, Orbital ATK will initially provide multiple Pegasus XL air-launch vehicles for use with the Stratolaunch aircraft to provide customers with unparalleled flexibility to launch small satellites weighing up to 1,000 pounds into low Earth orbit. Pegasus has carried out 42 space launch missions, successfully placing more than 80 satellites into orbit for scientific, commercial, defense and international customers.

“We are energized by this evolved partnership with Orbital ATK,” said Mr. Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch Systems and executive director of Vulcan Aerospace. “Orbital ATK is the world’s most experienced air-launch service provider, and we are proud to leverage that expertise and progressive approach in pursuit of our shared goal of convenient and affordable commercial access to low Earth orbit.”

“Orbital ATK is excited by this collaboration and sees it as a positive first step in a long-term partnership,” said Scott Lehr, president of Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group. “The combination of our extensive air-launch experience and the Stratolaunch aircraft has the potential to provide innovative and cost-effective options for commercial launch customers.”

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.

About Stratolaunch Systems and Vulcan Aerospace

Stratolaunch Systems and Vulcan Aerospace are responsible for realizing Paul G. Allen’s vision for space. Vulcan Aerospace was founded to provide flexible, reliable and convenient access to low Earth orbit (LEO) through air-launch aboard the Stratolaunch aircraft and through strategic investments in emerging and innovative technologies. Developed by Stratolaunch Systems, the Stratolaunch aircraft is nearing completion by Scaled Composites in Mojave, Calif.

For more information, visit aerospace.vulcan.com.

Contacts

Media:
Vulcan Aerospace
Steve Lombardi, 206-342-2484
or
Orbital ATK
Trina Helquist, 801-699-0943

Release Summary

Orbital ATK and Stratolaunch Systems today announced a multi-year production-based partnership that will offer significant cost advantages to air-launch customers.

Contacts

Media:
Vulcan Aerospace
Steve Lombardi, 206-342-2484
or
Orbital ATK
Trina Helquist, 801-699-0943