ATK Completes Solid Rocket Booster Preliminary Design Review for SLS

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The forward segment for ATK's five-segment motor test, QM-1.

ATK announced today that they have successfully completed their solid rocket booster Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with NASA for the Space Launch System (SLS).

According to ATK the booster design is on track to support a first flight of the SLS in 2017. The SLS is NASA's new launch vehicle and is intended to support NASA's human spaceflight exploration beyond low-earth orbit.

"This is a tremendous milestone for ATK as we work toward building the boosters for our country's Space Launch System," said Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager of ATK's Space Launch division. "NASA's SLS will enable human exploration for decades to come."

"The booster PDR was successful and speaks to the importance of a collaborative design process with our NASA customer" said Fred Brasfield, ATK vice president, Next-generation Booster.

ATK will now move forward with advancing the design toward Critical Design Review. As well ATK is planning a ground static firing of qualification motor-1 for later this year.

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