Aerojet Rocketdyne Helps Test Lockheed Orion Launch Abort System; Julie Van Kleeck Comments

NASArocket EbizAerojet Rocketdyne has tested a launch abort system’s component as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin for a NASA spacecraft development program.

The GenCorp subsidiary worked with Lockheed, GrafTech and the space agency to assess the jettison motor and prepare for the first flight test of the Orion exploration vehicle scheduled next year, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Tuesday.

The team also demonstrated graphite material for the motor, which works to help the launch abort system drive the crew module during ascent or emergency situations.

“The test provides data to support implementation of the replacement graphite material in future production motor deliveries,” said Julie Van Kleeck, Aerojet Rocketdyne advanced space and launch programs vice president.

“Our Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA team continues to develop new techniques and processes” for the hardware, the development and verification processes, Van Kleeck added.

Lockheed’s subcontracting team for Orion also includes Honeywell, United Technologies Aerospace Systems and several small businesses.

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