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These include the rocket's eight booster separation motors (Rocket City, West Virginia), the diaphragm propellant tanks (Commerce, California), three nozzles for Aerojet-Rocketdyne's RS-68 engines (Promontory, Utah) and 12 key composite structures including thermal shields, centerbody structures, nosecones, two medium and one heavy skirt on the three Common Booster Cores, the composite center interstage (Iuka, Mississippi) and the composite X-panels interstage (Clearfield, Utah).
After the flight, the RSRMs were jettisoned from the orbiter and external tank by ATK's 16 Booster Separation Motors (BSMs).
ATK's NASA programs include space shuttle solid rocket boosters and booster separation motors, Ares I first stage, Orion launch abort system's abort motor, and attitude control solid rocket motors, optical structures for the James Webb Space Telescope, Orion's UltraFlex solar arrays, and International Space Station structures, among others.
After two minutes, 16 ATK booster separation motors (BSMs) - four on the forward skirt and four on the aft skirt of each booster - fired to jettison the boosters away from the shuttle orbiter and external tank, allowing the RSRMs to parachute back down through the Earth's atmosphere to be recovered and reused while Atlantis continued on its way to meet up with the Hubble Space Telescope.
After two minutes of flight, ATK's 16 Booster Separation Motors (BSMs) performed flawlessly.
STS-126 is First Mission To Deploy a Full Flight Set of 16 ATK-Designed Booster Separation Motors
The company's Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) and Booster Separation Motors (BSM) performed as expected on the mission to transport the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module - Pressurized Module (JEM-PM) and the Japanese Remote Manipulator System (JEM-RMS) to the International Space Station (ISS).
The Redesigned ATK Booster Separation Motors Make Their Inaugural Flight