When a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base recently, it was carrying the NROL-82 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). AR Tech, a division of A&R Tarpaulins Inc., Fontana, Calif., provided essential products in support of this mission.
AR Tech creates multi-layer and single-layer insulation blankets for the liquid hydrogen tanks, as well as liquid oxygen insulation blankets for the Delta IV Heavy rocket, which are essential for a successful launch. The NROL-82 is a classified satellite that supports the NRO’s national security mission to provide intelligence data to U.S. policy makers.
“Protecting American national security means having the ability to launch important payloads into space. AR Tech is proud to do our part to support the Department of Defense and the Space Force by manufacturing blankets for ULA’s Delta IV rocket,” said Bud Weisbart, vice president, AR Tech.
“The Delta IV Heavy has been America’s national security workhorse for decades, and we are proud of its track record of 100 percent mission success, and thankful that AR Tech has partnered with us to build critical national security infrastructure,” said Tory Bruno, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance.
The Delta IV Heavy is recognized for delivering high-priority missions for the U.S. Space Force, NRO, and NASA. The vehicle also launched NASA’s Orion capsule on its first orbital test flight and sent the Parker Solar Probe on its journey to become the fastest spacecraft in history while surfing through the sun’s atmosphere.