Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that Frank DeMauro, Vice President of Human Space Systems for the Civil and Defense Division of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group, was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal. This esteemed honor, approved by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, recognizes non-government employees for outstanding performance and contributions to NASA projects, programs or initiatives.

DeMauro was honored for his distinguished aerospace career and flawless execution of two successful Orbital ATK Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions to the International Space Station (ISS). He received the award on July 7 at ceremonies honoring recipients of several NASA public service awards at the Johnson Space Center.

“The Exceptional Public Service Medal is one of the highest awards NASA gives to non-government employees,” said Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK Space Systems Group. “This is a terrific honor for Frank DeMauro that validates his ability to build beneficial relationships with teams and customers, and acknowledges his superb leadership skills.” 

NASA’s ISS Program Office nominated DeMauro for the Exceptional Public Service Medal. To be considered for the honor, candidates must fulfill several criteria that include the following:

– a sustained performance making a significant improvement to NASA deliverables, operations or its image;

– a record of achievements setting a benchmark for other non-government contributors to follow; and

– services making a lasting impact on NASA’s success.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished award,” said DeMauro. “I am also humbled at having been nominated by my NASA customer, and accept this award on behalf of my entire team for their dedication to making this program a success. I value the relationship we’ve built on this contract, and I look forward to continuing that in the future.”

DeMauro has overseen the development, production and delivery of multiple Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft and has managed the overall Commercial Orbital Transportation System (COTS) and CRS contracts for the company since 2009. He also manages a multi-unit team and coordinates activity with the Orbital ATK Antares launch vehicle program. Through the COTS and CRS programs in partnership with NASA, Orbital ATK and DeMauro have supported the Agency’s goal to build a strong commercial space industry with safe, reliable and affordable access to low Earth orbit.

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About Orbital ATK 

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs more than 12,000 people in 20 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.