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A Propulsion System for Green Propellant Infusion Mission Completed : 08/19/2015

Aerojet Rocketdyne Ships the Green Propellant Propulsion Subsystem to Ball Aerospace

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 19, 2015 – Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) has completed delivery of a green propellant propulsion subsystem that will be used to test a non-toxic fuel on NASA’s future spacecraft, the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM). The subsystem was delivered to GPIM prime contractor, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., for integration into the Ball-designed Configurable...

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RS-25 Engine Completes Key Full-Duration Test : 08/13/2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 13, 2015 – Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) announced today that it successfully completed a full duration (535 seconds) verification test of its RS-25 rocket engine that will power NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), America’s next generation heavy-lift launch vehicle.  Today’s test, conducted at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, was the sixth test in a seven-test series that began in January 2015 to validate the engine for use on the SLS.

“It is great to see this revered engine back in...

Dynetics Performs Successful Proof and Burst Test of SLS ABEDRR Tank : 08/11/2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 11, 2015 – Dynetics has successfully performed a proof and burst test of the Space Launch System (SLS) Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction (ABEDRR) tank, verifying the structural design of the affordable booster concept. This work is part of a contract NASA awarded Dynetics in the fall of 2012 and is being performed in partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne to reduce risks for advanced boosters that could help meet SLS’s future capability needs.


Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports ULA Launch of Wideband Global SATCOM Spacecraft for U.S. Military : 07/24/2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif., (July 23, 2015) - Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) played a major role in successfully launching and placing the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-7) spacecraft into orbit for the U.S. military. The mission lifted off from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV medium rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion included an RS-68A booster engine, an RL10B-2 upper-stage engine and an apogee-raising engine aboard the spacecraft.

"Aerojet Rocketdyne is...

Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Plays Critical Role in Historic Pluto Flyby : 07/10/2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif., (July 10, 2015) – Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) is playing a critical role in the historic flyby of Pluto and its five known moons with NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled nearly three billion miles in just under 10 years to reach the dwarf planet. New Horizons is the first spacecraft to ever make a close study of Pluto and is already returning images of the system that are of higher quality than those taken by any space telescope. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided 43...

Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests PowerTrain™ Solar Electric Propulsion Concept : 07/09/2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif., (July 9, 2015) – Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) has successfully built and tested a prototype system designed to improve the way power is delivered from the solar arrays to the high-power electric thrusters on Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) spacecraft. The prototype was tested in a simulated mission environment to show that it could achieve improved system efficiency over the current Power Management and Distribution (PMAD) approaches used on satellites.


Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Modified XR 5 Hall Thruster Demonstrates Successful On-Orbit Operation : 07/01/2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 1, 2015 – Aerojet Rocketdyne’s (NYSE:AJRD) improved XR‑5 Hall Thruster (designated XR‑5A) has successfully completed initial on-orbit validation testing on the unmanned X‑37 space plane, which is presently on its fourth mission in space. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Space and Missile Systems Center, and Rapid Capabilities Office collaborated to host the XR‑5A Hall Thruster experiment on Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4.

The XR‑5A Hall Thruster is an...

Sierra Nevada Corporation Matures Dream Chaser® Spacecraft Thermal Protection System : 06/26/2015

SPARKS, Nev. (June 26, 2015) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has successfully completed several significant Thermal Protection System (TPS) material development tests for its ...

Lockheed Martin Awards Aerojet Rocketdyne Contract to Provide Propulsion Subsystems on A2100 Satellites : 06/23/2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 23, 2015 – Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) recently was awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to deliver XR‑5 Hall Effect and MR‑510 Arcjet electric propulsion subsystems, as well as monopropellant rocket engines for the modernized A2100 satellite. The contract is for delivery of the flight propulsion subsystems aboard two modernized A2100 satellites that Arabsat recently ordered from Lockheed Martin.

“Aerojet Rocketdyne has led the evolution and advancement...

Aerojet Rocketdyne Moves Forward with AR1 Engine Testing at NASA Stennis Space Center to Keep AR1 Engine on Track for 2019 : 06/16/2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 16, 2015 – Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) and NASA Stennis Space Center signed a Space Act Agreement for test services and test stand support of the AR1 multi-element pre-burner and main injector. Currently in development by Aerojet Rocketdyne, the AR1 engine is a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 engines that power the Atlas V launch vehicle. This agreement builds on the current assembly and testing of the company’s RS-68 and RS-25 engines at NASA Stennis.



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