Aerojet Rocketdyne Equipment Supports NRO Natl Defense Payload Launch

Aerojet Rocketdyne supplied equipment to support the deployment of a classified National Reconnaissance Office satellite which flew onboard a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket.

The NROL-47 national defense mission satellite was launched with the help of an Aerojet Rocketdyne-developed RS-68A booster engine, RL10B-2 upper stage engine, 14 helium pressurization tanks and a dozen MR-106H 9 lbf hydrazine rocket engines, the company said Friday.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s ARDE subsidiary furnished the 14 pressurant tanks were added on the NROL-47 vehicle.

NROL-47 launched onboard a Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Medium+ (5, 2) configuration rocket on Friday at 2:11 p.m. Pacific time from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California which marked the BoeingLockheed Martin joint venture’s 27th NRO mission performed alongside the U.S. Air Force.

ULA noted it will launch a Lockheed-built Space Based Infrared System GEO Flight 4 satellite via an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Thursday, Jan. 18.

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