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NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Sign Combustion Engine Testing Agreement; Julie Van Kleeck Comments

NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Sign Combustion Engine Testing Agreement; Julie Van Kleeck Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

rocket launchAerojet Rocketdyne has entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA for the testing of a rocket engine that Aerojet intends to offer as a replacement for the RD-180 engine produced by Russia.

NASA will configure a test stand at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to facilitate staged combustion trials on Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR1 engine technology as part of the deal, the company said Tuesday.

The company agreed to finance the cell 2 testing platform modification at the Stennis E-1 complex.

Julie Van Kleeck, vice president of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s advanced space and launch business, said the company uses a stairstep approach and additive manufacturing techniques in the AR1 development program.

The engine is being developed to employ pre-burner and main injector systems designed to withstand high temperatures and pressures.

Aerojet Rocketdyne aims to have the AR1 ready for use on Atlas V launch vehicles by 2019.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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