Atlas V launches Orbital ATK-designed satellites for the U.S. Air Force. (Credit: ULA)
DULLES, Va.(Orbital ATK PR) — Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, designed the EAGLE (ESPA Augmented Geostationary Laboratory Experiment) experimental satellite for the U.S. Air Force’s AFSPC-11 mission that successfully launched on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V vehicle April 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The AFSCPC-11 mission included a second company designed satellite, Mycroft, which is among several Department of Defense experiments hosted on the EAGLE platform as separate payloads.
The EAGLE and Mycroft satellites are based on the company’s ESPAStar™ and ESPASat™ products, which provide modular, cost-effective and highly capable infrastructure resources for hosting technology development and operational payloads. The Orbital ATK-designed EAGLE satellite is the first spacecraft based on the company’s innovative ESPAStar platform. The ESPAStar vehicle can accommodate any combination of up to six hosted or 12 separable, free-flyer payloads in low and geosynchronous orbit and is built to provide an even greater level of access to space. Orbital ATK designed and delivered the EAGLE satellite under a contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate.
After a successful separation from ...