Greener BeeGreen ElectronicsOrbital ATK and ECAPS Sign Agreement on Breakthrough Propulsion Technology

DULLES, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today that it has signed an agreement with
leading European green propulsion technology firm ECAPS to fully
develop, demonstrate and market a high performance green propulsion
(HPGP) system. The HPGP system, which offers significant cost advantages
and dramatically reduces the environmental risks associated with
traditional monopropellants, is aimed at both attitude control and main

“We are excited to be able to bring safer, more effective and affordable
propulsion systems to the United States,” said Pat Nolan, Vice President
and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Missile Products Division of the
Defense Systems Group. “Greener propulsion is one of the keys to making
access to space safer while lowering life cycle costs. We believe our
partnership will go a long way toward developing innovative and
practical solutions for public and private use.”

Orbital ATK’s team will leverage exclusive use of ECAPS’ LMP-103S, a
very-low toxicity monopropellant technology designed as a direct
replacement for hydrazine-based systems. LMP-103S offers significantly
higher specific impulse and density, meaning greater performance and
lower volume. More importantly, it is a low-toxicity,
environmentally-benign propellant, providing enhanced safety and health
benefits over conventional hydrazine. It offers the promise of
propellant loading prior to satellite transport and considerably lower
logistics cost.

The partnership continues Orbital ATK’s commitment to HPGP technology,
which includes scaling up the blending of LMP-103S, successful tests of
5 and 22 Newton thrusters, and supporting several Small Business
Innovation Research programs.

Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing
innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced
propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea-
and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.


Founded in 2000, ECAPS is an innovative company with focus on green
propulsion-based products for space applications. ECAPS innovations will
enable simplified access to space for satellite and launcher systems.
ECAPS holds a number of patents worldwide for a family of ADN (ammonium
dinitramide) -based propellants, catalyst, thruster design and
manufacturing methods. ECAPS has its development and hardware
manufacturing facilities in Solna in the greater Stockholm area.

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the United
States and in several international locations. For more information,

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