A Los Alamitos company has announced this week that it has manufactured key parts for NASA’s Atlas 5 rockets, a rocket launch system key to the nation’s defense.
The announcement underscores the key role the area still plays in the nation’s aerospace industry.
On Aug. 4, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched the Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit-6 (SBIRS GEO 6), the sixth and final flight of the SBIRS spacecraft constellation.
The U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) mission will send new satellites to join the SBIRS constellation, which works to detect missiles and early warning satellites for the United States and our allies.
Arrowhead Products manufactures the Engine Feedlines for the Atlas V rocket, which fuel the engines, supporting nearly 860,000 pounds of thrust. Through this work, Arrowhead Products supports Department of Defense (DoD) and Space Force missions to protect U.S. National Security.
“These national security missions provided an indispensable service to national security efforts,” said Richelle Stewart, Director of Space Programs at Arrowhead Products.”
“Arrowhead Products located right here in Los Alamitos played a role in making this mission happen. We are honored to partner next-generation department of Defense and the U.S. Space Force to bring next-generation security measures into space to benefit,” said Stewart.
Atlas V successfully launched the first five SBIRS GEO satellites between 2011 and 2021. Atlas V delivers the most sensitive and critical missions – including planetary exploration missions, classified defense systems and key commercial assets. ULA boasts more than 15 years of 100% mission success founded on a heritage of more than 600 Atlas program launches.
“The Atlas V has delivered sensitive and essential missions including classified defense systems, planetary exploration spacecraft and key commercial assets with precise orbital accuracy,” said Tory Bruno, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance. “There is no part of this mission that is not important – everyone plays an invaluable role in our mission’s successes, and we are honored to have Arrowhead Products provide parts to this final SBIRS GEO launch.”
Arrowhead Products is a leading ducting manufacturer for the Aerospace Industry that provides high-pressure and low-pressure ducting solutions. In addition to Space aircraft, Arrowhead supports nearly all commercial and military aircraft flying today. Our capabilities expand throughout airframe and engine applications. Additional information can be found at www.arrowheadproducts.net.
ULA is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider, with more than a century of combined heritage.