NASA has awarded ATK a $50 million contract to help develop advanced booster requirement's for NASA's Space Launch System program, the company said Tuesday.

ATK will be helping develop a lithium-ion battery-powered electric thrust vector control system; a high-performance propellant; a lightweight composite rocket motor case; and an advanced nozzle. All the developments will culminate with an integrated booster static test firing of these technologies, the company said.

"Our advanced booster design incorporates innovations that deliver greater performance than current NASA requirements, while also providing higher reliability and lower costs," ATK vice president Charlie Precourt said in a news release.

ATK, formerly based in Minnesota, is a global aerospace and defense company that used to be headquartered in Minnesota but is now based in Arlington, Va.. The company maintains a major presence in the Twin Cities area where it operates several facilities.

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