Orbital ATK produced at its Beltsville, Md.-based facility the heat pipes for a Lockheed Martin-built spacecraftÂ that took off Saturday aboardÂ United Launch Allianceâ€™s Atlas V rocket in support of NASAâ€™s Mars mission.
Orbital ATK said Monday that it also produced an ultraflex solar array and diaphragm tanks for the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat TransportÂ lander that is set to reach Mars in November.
The company also supplied the composite heat shield, propellant tank and eight retro motors for the Atlas V rocket.
The propellant tank and motors were produced at Orbital ATKâ€™s facilities in California and Maryland, while the heat shield was manufactured at the firmâ€™s Iuka, Miss.-based plant.
The InSight lander will study the red planetâ€™s interior to help scientists understand the formation of Earth and other planets in the solar system.