ITT Exelis to fabricate composite structures for Orbital’s GEOStar-3
communications satellite platform
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- April 09, 2013
ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a contract by Orbital Sciences
Corporation (NYSE: ORB) to manufacture, assemble, test and deliver three
composite-based bus structures for its GEOStar-3 communications satellite
platform. In addition, Exelis will provide technical services and support.
The bus structure is a part of the satellite that carries and provides
electrical power for the payload along with the propulsion system that keeps
the satellite in orbit. It also houses equipment that provides for telemetry
and tracking control.
“Through our contract with Orbital, Exelis has an option to work on two
additional bus structures. With unit one scheduled for delivery in late 2013,
we are working to ensure we deliver the best possible product,” said Joe
Phillips, director of precision structures for Exelis. “Leveraging over 25
years of space and ground-based composite expertise, Exelis has a track record
of delivering highly engineered composite structures which can perform under
the most extreme operating environments and enhance system performance.”
Work will be performed in Rochester, N.Y.
Orbital’s Vice President of Supply Chain Management Barry Johnson said,
"Orbital is excited to initiate the production of our new GEOStar-3 satellite
platform and enter into a long-term relationship with Exelis. We look forward
to strengthening this partnership as we expand our capabilities in the
commercial satellite communications arena."
Composite structures is a strategic focus area for Exelis in broad-based
government and commercial solutions, such as aero, ground and space-based
composite structures. Work is being driven by increased demand for composite
parts on space-based programs, and military and commercial aircraft. Exelis
has a proven track record of fabricating composite components for hundreds of
space programs to include Chandra, CrIS, IKONOS, the James Webb Space
Telescope, GeoEye-1, Geoeye-2, WorldView-1, WorldView-2, WorldView-3 and
GOES-R. Exelis also provides composite structures and assemblies for aircraft
such as the F-35 Lightning II, the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter, several
Boeing 7-series jets and GE engines.
About ITT Exelis
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and
technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer
knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical
solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and
surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic
solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5
billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or
connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Jane Khodos, 973-284-5517
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