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Northrop Grummanís GEM Solid Rocket Motors Help Power ULAís Successful Launch


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United Launch Allianceís Atlas V rocket, with five Northrop Grumman GEM 63 solid rocket boosters, lifts off from Cape Canaveral to launch the NROL-107 mission. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)
United Launch Allianceís Atlas V rocket, with five Northrop Grumman GEM 63 solid rocket boosters, lifts off from Cape Canaveral to launch the NROL-107 mission. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)

(PHOTO RELEASE) Five Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63) solid rocket boosters helped power the successful United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch of a national security payload today, designated SILENTBARKEKR / NROL-107, for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office and U.S. Space Forceís Space Systems Command.

The boosters provided approximately 1.85 million pounds of thrust to propel ULA Atlas V rocket out of Earthís gravity. The mission is critical to national defense and will improve space domain awareness and satellite threat intelligence. In addition to the upper stage propellant tanks supplied by the company, Northrop Grumman will continue to provide GEM 63 rocket motors to support ULAís Atlas V, and GEM 63XL rocket motors to help boost ULAís Vulcan rocket, scheduled for its first launch later this year.

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