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Aerojet Rocketdyne-Built Propulsion Systems Help Launch NASA Space Comms Satellite

Aerojet Rocketdyne-Built Propulsion Systems Help Launch NASA Space Comms Satellite - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Aerojet Rocketdyne-Built Propulsion Systems Help Launch NASA Space Comms Satellite - top government contractors - best government contracting eventAerojet Rocketdyne supplied the propulsion systems for United Launch Alliance‘s Atlas V rocket that launched a Boeing-built communications satellite Friday to join NASA‘s Space Network.

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop Atlas V equipped with six helium pressurization tanks, an RL10C-1 upper-stage engine and 12 Centaur reaction control system thrusters, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Friday.

TDRS-M also carries an Aerojet Rocketdyne-made R-4D bipropellant engine designed to help guide the satellite towards geosynchronous orbit.

“The Space Network is vital for scientists, engineers and control room staff to access data from Earth-orbiting satellites, most notably the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne president and CEO.

NASA’s Space Network is a constellation of geosynchronous satellites built to transmit data to and from ground stations on Earth in support of the agency’s missions and other satellites currently in orbit.

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