NIAGARA FALLS, NY, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AMPAC-ISP
CORP. (AMPAC-ISP or ISP), American Pacific Corporation's (NASDAQ®: APFC)
wholly-owned in-space propulsion subsidiary, reported that ISP & Orbital
Sciences Corporation (Orbital) have successfully completed the Pre-Ship
Review for the Hydrazine Propulsion Module (HPM) for the Landsat Data
Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, a collaboration between NASA and the
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the 8th in the Landsat series.
"This is a significant program milestone supporting final integration of
the spacecraft," stated Mike Jones, the responsible Program Engineer at
Orbital. "AMPAC-ISP's deliverable items were 'model examples' for future
subsystems, and Orbital has come to expect this level of quality in these
products based on the dedicated performance of the entire AMPAC-ISP
team." The HPM has been fully integrated at Orbital, and ISP
supported successful pressurization and functional testing.
LDCM will continue the 38-year long Landsat land imaging data
set. The LDCM satellite will provide measurements of the Earth's terrestrial
and Polar Regions in the visible, near-infrared, short wave infrared, and
thermal infrared ranges. In addition to routine use for land use
planning and monitoring on regional to local scales, support of disaster
response and evaluations, and water use monitoring, LDCM measurements
directly serve NASA research in the areas of climate, carbon cycle,
ecosystems, water cycle, biogeochemistry, and Earth surface/interior.
AMPAC-ISP has extensive experience in the design and
production of liquid propulsion systems, including the hydrazine propulsion
module for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (Fermi) for General
Dynamics (now Orbital Sciences). Additional heritage propulsion systems
include the successful Minuteman III PSRE, HAS/Peace Courage hydrazine
propulsion system, and Critical Measurements and Counter Measures (CMCM-1,
CMCM-2) programs. ISP is currently producing propulsion systems for
commercial LEO constellations and target vehicles.
The LDCM HPM uses ISP's MONARC-22 series, 5-Lbf monopropellant
thrusters. Production of this series commenced with the first flight of a
hydrazine/Shell 405 catalyst thruster on board the ATS-3 in 1967. Since 1967,
this thruster series has flown on more than 25 different programs and more
than 400 thrusters have been manufactured to date.
"The AMPAC-ISP team is proud of this significant
accomplishment in support of the LDCM Satellite Program. We have a great team
and our goal is to provide a quality product," said Robert Huebner,
American Pacific Corporation, Vice President – AMPAC-ISP.
NASA and the USGS are planning to launch the LDCM in December
2012 from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB).
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