A Minnesota company was responsible for making sure the project didn’t melt into a puddle during takeoff, when temperatures were expected to exceed 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Alliant Techsystems of Eden Prairie designed and produced a nozzle and thermal protection material for the rocket engine. The nozzle is a first of its kind and made at ATK’s Utah facility.
The company, which also makes ammunition and “smart” bombs, has 17,000 employees and annual sales that exceed $4 billion. U.S. government contracts account for about 80 percent of sales.