ORION PROPULSION PRESS RELEASE
Boeing has announced their Industry Team for the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle Upper Stage Production bid. Orion Propulsion has been revealed as a team member and will supply reaction control system thruster test equipment, tooling, and test support services. Orion will also provide design, fabrication, and testing expertise. In addition, Orion will be working with Boeingâ€™s mentor-protÃ©gÃ© program in order to grow as a supplier to both Boeing and NASA.
Orionâ€™s President, Tim Pickens, says, â€œWe are very excited to be part of the Boeing Ares I Team. I think Boeing has chosen team members that are technically savvy and committed to lean manufacturing. As the president of a small business, I appreciate Boeingâ€™s commitment to using innovative and affordable businesses that are eager to meet NASAâ€™s needs in a responsive manner. I think Boeing will lead a team of suppliers that provides the best lean production solution and the most cost-effective strategy to support NASAâ€™s CLV goals.â€
Orion Propulsion is located outside of Huntsville, Alabama. The company recently signed an agreement to provide thrusters for Bigelow Aerospace’s Sundancer space station.