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L-3 Cincinnati Electronics to Deliver Booster Avionics for New Space Launch System

October 29, 2013

CINCINNATI – L-3 Cincinnati Electronics (L-3 CE) announced today that following successful qualification testing at its Mason, Ohio facility, the company is preparing to deliver booster avionics units for NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) to ATK.

The avionics provided by L-3 CE are the culmination of five years of aggressive development work and will fly on ATK’s twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) for the SLS EM-1 exploration test mission, as well as EM-2, the first mission to fly with crew.

L-3 CE will deliver the first set of avionics control units to support system integration testing at ATK, which is a prerequisite to flight. L-3 CE is under contract to provide ATK with critical human-rated avionics technology across 20 electronic control units per launch. These execute a wide array of functions, including ignition staging and actuator control, range safety, power distribution and data acquisition.

“The L-3 CE team has worked very hard in supporting this key milestone, and I am very pleased with our accomplishments to date,” said Russ Walker, president of L-3 Cincinnati Electronics. “All of us working on this program understand the importance of meeting key SLS milestones and offering an affordable solution. The L-3 CE, ATK and NASA teams are delivering on those objectives.”

Representatives from ATK and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, as well as officials from Ohio Senators Brown and Portman and Ohio Congressmen Chabot and Wenstrup’s offices, were on hand to observe the final test at the L-3 CE facility in Mason.

L-3 CE is scheduled to complete the booster avionics Critical Design Review (CDR) in the first quarter of 2014. The company is a provider of critical avionics for both the SLS booster and core stage elements.

L-3 Cincinnati Electronics (L-3 CE) is world-renowned for its expertise in the areas of electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) detection and space and missile electronics. The expanded Mason, Ohio facility houses a new state-of-the-art semiconductor processing facility designed to meet the demand for the next generation of infrared imaging arrays used on platforms such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Wide Area Persistent Surveillance (WAPS) programs. Additionally, the new facility will house an avionics systems integration laboratory (SIL). The SIL supports L-3 CE’s Space Electronics business unit’s growth strategy, offering launch customers a system-level solution rather than a single avionics component. To learn more about L-3 CE, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com/ce.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, platform and logistics solutions, and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2012 sales of $13.1 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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