Orbital ATK wins U.S. Air Force satellite integration contract

DULLES, Va. Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center to provide payload integration and support services for Space Test Program Satellite 6 (STPSat-6), a multipurpose satellite program that is planned to demonstrate advanced communication capabilities, collect space weather data, and support nuclear-detonation detection in the Earth’s atmosphere or in near space.

Under the terms of the , Orbital ATK will integrate and test the spacecraft, deliver operations procedures, and support launch and on-orbit checkout. The satellite -- built on Orbital ATK's existing satellite bus -- is set to carry nine payloads from the Department of Defense (DoD), National Nuclear Security Administration, and NASA.

STPSat-6 is the primary payload on the STP-3 mission -- a project sponsored and managed by the Test Program (STP), which is the primary provider of spaceflight for the DOD's space-science and technology community -- which is set to launch no earlier than June 2019.

Artist's rendering of GEOStar 1 satellite bus courtesy Orbital ATK.

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