140 Successful Launches with Atec Valves

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space

On May 5, Atec celebrated our 140th launch success with InSight’s Mission to Mars. The launch took place from Vandenberg AFB and InSight is on a six-month journey to Mars. Atec-manufactured valves, on the upper stage Centaur engine, are propelling the spacecraft on its course to the red planet. InSight is scheduled to land on Mars in November. It will …

Atec is NASA’s Top Subcontractor for 2016!

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space, News

Atec’s long-term perspective over 64 years and our early ownership’s close involvement in America’s drive to put a man on the moon cast the die for the March 1, 2017 public announcement by NASA that Atec was their premier national subcontractor for 2016. The year saw Atec deliver leading edge lithium-ion battery management modules to Boeing for the International Space …

Atec’s Impressive Tenure in Space Industry
By: Emily L. Pataki

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Print, Atec in Space

Atec, Inc., one of Houston’s aerospace industry stalwarts, after 63 years in operation and decades of continuous work assisting launches of people and vessels into space, is approaching its most robust era of space project participation yet. This small business, which operates primarily from its base in Stafford, TX and employs 150 full time employees, has spent much of the …

Atec and Rocketdyne Relationship Continues Strong

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space

President, Paul Fenley received a very special artifact for Christmas that will reside in his office—a commemorative 150th RL10 Rocket Engine Goblet that dates back to the early 1990’s. This goblet was distributed around the time when Aerojet Rocketdyne (Pratt & Whitney Aircraft at the time) and Atec began their relationship to support the RL10 program. That specific historic launch …

Atec on the New Crew Capsule

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space

Atec’s space systems group has been awarded a contract to design, manufacture and certify electrical power modules for a commercial crew transportation system. This is Atec’s third contract for this major space prime, and our company is appreciative of the continued, repeat confidence in Atec’s work. These modules will allow clean power for multi-electrical systems on the CST Starliner-100 crew …

Atec joins Spaceport Team!

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space

Atec President Paul Fenley made an announcement from Atec’s booth at SpaceCom earlier today. “Atec has partnered with the City of Houston Airport System to advance Spaceport Houston and the recently purchased Houston Aerospace Support Center building at Ellington Airport. We are excited that we can grow our space business along with City initiatives to sustain the Johnson Space Center, …

Success! Mexico’s Morelos-3 Satellite Launch

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space

October 2, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL — Today’s successful Morelos-3 Satellite mission launch marks the 113th launch with Atec manufactured and tested valves for Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine. This morning an Atlas V launched from complex 41 carrying Mexico’s next-generation communications satellite into orbit. The satellite for Mexico’s Ministry of defense will help the country’s telecommunication efforts. Congratulations to …

Atec Triples LN2 Flow Test Capacity!

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space

Atec adds an additional tank to increase our liquid nitrogen storage from 3000 gallons to a total of 9000 gallons at our facility in SW Houston. This new tank is insulated, 7.1 feet in diameter, 31.8 feet high, and weighs 62,300 pounds. This allows Atec to increase testing volume and not have to interrupt testing for frequent deliveries of LN2. While installing …

GPS IIF-10 Satellite Launch Success

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space

July 15, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL — Today’s successful GPS IIF-10 mission launch marks the 110th launch with Atec manufactured and tested valves for Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine. The Global Positioning System blasted off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket this morning at Space Launch Complex 41 in support of the USAF. This year celebrates 20 years …

Atec at Space Tech Expo/Long Beach, May 19-21, 2015

Caroline Bennitt Atec in Space

The AFSPC-5 mission will mark the 109th successful launch of a US mission into orbit or deep space involving cryogenic fuel control valves manufactured and tested by Atec for the RL10 final stage rocket engine. Over the 18 years that Atec has produced the valves, thrust on the various versions of these Aerojet Rocketdyne engines has increased from 15,000 to …