ATK Joins Alliance for Earth Observations

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The view of Earth from space enabled by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) -- the newest member of the Alliance for Earth Observations -- is vital to collecting the data decision-makers and policymakers need to cope with the challenges of climate change and transition to a green economy.

As the nation and world develop strategies to respond to precipitation changes and potential worsening and increased frequency of heat waves and drought forecast as a result of climate change, the environmental information derived from space-based satellites has become increasingly important. The view of Earth from space enabled by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) -- the newest member of the Alliance for Earth Observations -- is vital to collecting the data decision-makers and policymakers need to cope with the challenges of climate change and transition to a green economy.

Raising awareness of the importance of this information to users at the local, regional, national and international levels is a key mission of the Alliance, which welcomes ATK to its growing consortium of companies, institutions and organizations. The work of ATK -- a lead supplier of satellite components and subsystems, as well as small satellites -- and other private sector organizations is critical to developing new monitoring systems that will help maintain and enhance the flow of data required to mitigate and adapt to climate change, support the nation's new energy approaches, and underpin national and international climate strategies.

"Partnering with the Alliance was a natural fit for ATK," said Tom Wilson, vice president and general manager, ATK Spacecraft Systems and Services. "Our satellite systems and technology can provide critical information to assist the Alliance in its mission to monitor and respond to Earth's changing environment. The benefits of ATK's specialized spacecraft and satellite expertise comes at an important time as significant strides are made in measuring the impact of climate change."

ATK designs and produces satellite antennas and reflectors; bus structures, towers and subsystems that house flight-critical systems for commercial, civil and military satellites; solar arrays and solar panel substrates that generate power during the life of spacecraft; and other equipment for launch and recovery of space hardware. ATK is the world's top producer of solid rocket propulsion systems, and its orbit insertion motors are used to place satellites and other spacecraft into the proper orbit for the mission they are performing.

ATK is a premier aerospace and defense company with more than 18,000 employees in 24 states, Puerto Rico and internationally, and revenues of approximately $4.8 billion.

"ATK is a very good example of why the aerospace and defense companies are so key to our national climate change response," said Nancy Colleton, president of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, who leads the Alliance. "As a nation, we need the best Earth and environmental information upon which to base our decisions. ATK has a growing role in enabling the capture of that vital information."

The Alliance recently convened the Forum on Earth Observations, which brought together nearly 150 business, government, science and military experts to examine information needs related to climate, energy and national security. Experts discussed civil and defense information requirements related to the changing Arctic, wind energy, carbon monitoring, ocean observing and the need for data integration.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE:

An initiative of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Arlington, Va., the Alliance for Earth Observations is the voice of the private sector -- private industry, academia and nongovernmental organizations -- as the world enters a new era in Earth observations.

Alliance activities include educating policymakers and the public on the importance of Earth observations to the nation's response to climate change and other environmental, economic and societal challenges; organizing meetings and workshops that bring together leaders from the private sector and government in the areas of science, space and the environment; and keeping its members apprised of pertinent news and events related to the environment and Earth observations.

Located in Arlington, Va., IGES is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by public and private entities. IGES is a trusted leader in Earth and space science education, communication and outreach, and in fostering national and international cooperation in observing the Earth.

ON THE WEB:

Alliance for Earth Observations:
http://alliance.strategies.org

ATK:
http://www.atk.com

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies:
http://www.strategies.org

CONTACT:
Dan Stillman
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
(703) 312-7138 (Phone)
(703) 312-8657 (FAX)
Email: dan_stillman(at)strategies(dot)org

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