Aerojet Rocketdyne helped NASA launch of a Mars-bound spacecraft that will work to study how the planet’s climate changed due to loss off atmospheric gas.
The company provided 12 monopropellant thrusters designed for settling burns and roll, pitch and yaw control on the rocket’s Centaur upper stage, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday.
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft lifted off onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
“Launching a science spacecraft of this type onto its proper path to study Mars helps contribute to our understanding of the workings of our solar system,” said Steve Bouley, vice president of space launch systems at Aerojet Rocketdyne.
ARDE, an Aerojet Rocketdyne subsidiary, supplied pressure vessels for the launch vehicle’s first and second stages.
An RL10A-4-2 engine will help the MAVEN on its course to Mars once the Atlas V is in space.