Orbital ATK Space Components

Design and analysis, manufacture and testing of advanced composite products for aerospace markets: spacecraft bus structures, reflectors, radomes, telescopes and optical bench structures, mirrors, waveguides and feedhorns, solar-array power subsystems, deployable booms, solar sails, ceramic components and aircraft components.

7130 Miramar Rd.
Ste. 100B
San Diego, CA 92121 US

Additional Locations:
PO Box 990
Iuka, UT US
(662) 423-7771

PO Box 160433
Clearfield, UT 84016 US
(801) 775-1071

600 Pine Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117 US
(805) 690-1332

7812 W 4100 S
Magna, UT US
(801) 251-8420

ATK Space Systems


As Seen In CompositesWorld

satellite shipping container

Composite container protects satellites — on the ground
Cored composites add the strength, smoothness and portability needed for a container built to ship satellites over air, land and water.

Mars InSight

Orbital ATK supports Mars InSight mission
The company provided advanced hardware for both the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle and the InSight lander.

Northrop Grumman acquires Orbital ATK
Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls Church, VA, US) and Orbital ATK, Inc. (Dulles, VA, US) announced September 18 they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion (USD) in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt.

More companies join NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium
The project’s goal is to reduce product development and certification timelines by 30 percent for composite aircraft.

NASA successfully tests rocket booster
This was the last full-scale test for the booster before SLS’s first uncrewed test flight with NASA’s Orion spacecraft in late 2018.

Orbital ATK to deliver cargo to ISS
The CRS-2 contract includes initial order for six cargo missions to ISS beginning in 2019.

Orbital ATK supplied composite structures for ULA Atlas V vehicle
The structures were fabricated by Orbital ATK at its Iuka, MS, facility.

What will be the next major iteration in carbon fiber?
A consultant and the president of Dayton, Ohio-based Quickstep Composites, the U.S. subsidiary of Australia-based Quickstep Technologies (Bankstown Airport, New South Wales), Dale Brosius surveys the carbon fiber horizon for signs of what carbon fiber types will be pre-eminent.

Northrop Grumman, ATK complete James Webb backplane testing
The composite backplane for the James Webb Space Telescope successfully passed its static testing, en route to eventual launch of the telescope in 2018.

Orbital-ATK marriage a sign of the times?
The merger of Orbital and ATK's Aerospace and Defense groups indicates that companies are positioning themselves to take advantage of the new public/private space market.

ATK wins ULA contract to build composite launch vehicle structures
Under the $178 million contract, ATK will manufacture composite fairings and other structures for United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles.

Ceramic-matrix composites heat up
Lightweight, hard and stable at high temperatures, CMCs are emerging from two decades of study and development into commercial applications.

ATK delivers composite backbone for James Webb Telescope
Made primarily of carbon fiber composites, the James Webb Telescope backplane is designed to support three times its own weight and maintain dimensional accuracy to within 38 nm.

Tooling up for larger launch vehicles
NASA and Janicki Industries demonstrate composites’ cost advantage in tooling for fabrication of 10m/33 ft diameter payload fairing for next-generation launch vehicle.

ATK awarded contract by Orbital Sciences to support Stratolaunch system
the Arlington, Va. space systems builder has been asked by Orbital Sciences Corp. to provide first- and second-stage propulsion for the Air Launch Vehicle (ALV) that Orbital is designing and building for partner company Stratolaunch Systems Corp. (Huntsville Ala.)

NASA completes SLS preliminary design review
The Space Launch System (SLS), if funding and development continue, will deliver the Orion spacecraft into low-Earth orbit and beyond.

NASA's Curiosity rover lands successfully on Mars with composites help
GrafTech Interational reports that its materials were used to manufacture the heat shield that protected the Curiosity rover as it entered the Martian atmosphere. Further, ATK provided composite structures for the Atlas V launch vehicle, and Siemens provided design and analysis software.

Composites construction update: James Webb Space Telescope
In late April, ATK and teammate Northrop Grumman Corp. reported that they have completed construction of the center section of the composites-based primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS) for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

ATK provides composite structures for Pegasus Rocket launch
ATK provided propulsion for all three stages, many of the composite structures for the Pegasus rocket, and solar array and structures for the for the NuSTAR spacecraft, built to study high-energy x-rays in the universe.

ATK Liberty joins commercial crew transportation market
ATK has developed Liberty, a complete commercial crew transportation system, including spacecraft, abort systems, launch vehicle and ground and mission operations to meet NASA's human-rating requirements with potential for first test flight in 2014.

Building on CCM lessons learned
Knowledge gained during NASA's composite crew module (CCM) program, a sidelight to the Orion space capsule program, now benefits private space efforts.

Product Categories of Orbital ATK Space Components

  • Fibers, inorganic
    • Ceramic
    • Silicon carbide
  • Core materials and flow media
    • Honeycomb
      • Honeycomb, aramid
Tools/tooling materials
  • Tooling equipment, materials and supplies
    • Backup structures
Testing, gauging, monitoring, analytical equipment and software
  • Coordinate measurement machines
  • Environmental testing equipment
  • Mechanical test fixtures
  • Modulus testers
Fabricating services
  • Thermoset materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Autoclave cure
    • Automatic tape laying
    • Ceramic matrix composite casting
    • Coating and painting
    • Continuous laminating
    • Cutting, finishing, and machining
    • Fiber placement
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Metal bonding
    • Prototyping
    • Roll wrapping
    • Surface treatment
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, radomes
  • Ceramic matrix composites
  • Laminate panels, with core
  • Laminate sheets, solid
  • Rods
  • Tubes
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Finite element modeling/analysis (FEM/FEA)
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Testing
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product
    • Testing, structural