NASA and ATK Complete Second in Series of Key Avionics and Controls Testing
for NASA's SLS Booster
ATK Designs Affordability into New Avionics Subsystem
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 1, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --NASA and ATK (NYSE: ATK)
completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA's Space Launch
System (SLS) booster program on January 30 at ATK's Promontory, Utah, test
facility. This key avionics and controls test was designated Flight Control
Test 2 (FCT-2) and included a "hot fire" of the fully integrated heritage
thrust vector control (TVC), the new SLS booster avionics subsystem and new
electronic support equipment (ESE).
FCT-2 focused on replacement of heritage test equipment with new ESE. Much of
the equipment replaced was designed and built during the mid- to late-1970s
and was successfully used on all Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor
(RSRM) and five segment RSRM static motor firings.
"The FCT-2 test marked a definite milestone for ATK and NASA's SLS program,"
said Fred Brasfield, ATK's vice president, Next-Generation Booster. "Working
with Marshall, we have designed and developed a modern system and common
interface that allows for multiple uses of the same equipment at all necessary
locations for both qualification and operational phases of the program,
greatly reducing complexity and costs."
As with the avionics subsystem, affordability was designed in from the onset
of developing new ESE. The same ESE design utilized to support static tests
will also be used to support certification testing of the avionics subsystem
in Utah and at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and ultimately for
acceptance check-out of flight hardware at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
ATK developed the avionics subsystem at facilities in Clearfield and Magna,
Utah, with support from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.Key
partners supporting ATK throughout this test series include L-3 Cincinnati
Electronics in Mason, Ohio, and Southern California Braiding, an IEC
Electronics Company in Bell Gardens, California.Cincinnati Electronics
provides the avionics boxes, and Southern California Braiding is responsible
for the cable harnesses. Both Cincinnati Electronics and Southern California
Braiding have been integral to ATK throughout the development lifecycle of the
"Our suppliers have been vital to the success of this program," said
Brasfield. "They will remain key contributors through the SLS flight test
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