NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
AMPAC-ISP CORP., American Pacific
Corporation's (Nasdaq: APFC) wholly-owned In-Space
Propulsion subsidiary (AMPAC-ISP or AMPAC In-Space Propulsion), is producing
bipropellant thrusters for the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle under contract to
Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. These engines provide vernier reaction control for the spacecraft, and are
designed in varied configurations to match the vehicle contour at their
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned space vehicle
used by the United States Air Force to explore reusable vehicle technologies
in support of long-term space objectives. These objectives include space
experimentation, risk reduction, and concept of operations development. The
X-37B is one of the world's newest and most advanced
re-entry spacecraft. Designed to operate in low-earth orbit, the vehicle is
the first since the Space Shuttle with the ability to return experiments to
Earth for further inspection and analysis. The bipropellant engines that
AMPAC-ISP supplies for X-37B were developed and qualified in the mid-1990's for Boeing Satellite Systems, with more than
four hundred (400) delivered to date. "AMPAC-ISP is proud of our
contribution to the inaugural test flight of the X-37B and the important
mission that this vehicle fulfills. Our heritage bipropellant engines have extended
our proven track record in space," said Robert Huebner, American Pacific
Corporation, Vice President - AMPAC-ISP.
ABOUT AMPAC-ISP CORP.
AMPAC-ISP Corp. (AMPAC-ISP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of
American Pacific Corporation, manufactures monopropellant and bipropellant
liquid propulsion systems and thrusters for satellites, launch vehicles and
interceptors. Additionally, AMPAC-ISP designs, develops and manufactures high
performance valves, pressure regulators, cold-gas propulsion systems, and
precision structures for space applications, especially in the European space
market. Additional information about us can be obtained by visiting our web
site at www.ampacisp.com.
AMPAC-ISP's European operations are headquartered in Dublin,
Ireland and its manufacturing facilities are in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Additional information about AMPAC-ISP Europe can be obtained by visiting www.ampacispdublin.eu.
ABOUT AMERICAN PACIFIC CORPORATION
American Pacific Corporation (AMPAC) is a leading custom
manufacturer of fine chemicals, specialty chemicals and propulsion products
within its focused markets. We supply active pharmaceutical ingredients and
advanced intermediates to the pharmaceutical industry. For the aerospace and
defense industry we provide specialty chemicals used in solid rocket motors
for space launch and military missiles. AMPAC also designs and manufactures
liquid propulsion systems, valves and structures for space and missile
defense applications. We produce clean agent chemicals for the fire
protection industry, as well as electro-chemical equipment for the water
treatment industry. Our products are designed to meet customer specifications
and often must meet certain governmental and regulatory approvals. Additional
information about us can be obtained by visiting our web site at www.apfc.com.
SOURCE American Pacific Corporation