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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Reaction Control Thruster for Orion Crew Capsule; Eileen Drake Quoted

Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Reaction Control Thruster for Orion Crew Capsule; Eileen Drake Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Reaction Control Thruster for Orion Crew Capsule; Eileen Drake Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Eileen Drake

Aerojet Rocketdyne has concluded a test of a thruster system for NASA's Orion spacecraft that will launch aboard the Space Launch System rocket as part of Exploration Mission-1.

The company said Monday it conducted the qualification test at its Redmond, Wash.-based facility to demonstrate the reaction control system's capability to withstand shock and vibration as part of the unmanned EM-1 launch.

The non-flight EM-1 RCS thruster test engine underwent 962 seconds or 16 minutes of firing time and consumed 619 pounds of propellant during the yearlong test program.

RCS is composed of 12 MR-104G hydrazine thrusters and is designed to guide Orion's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere once the Lockheed Martin-built crew vehicle separates from the service module.

“Following our rigorous qualification testing program, we're confident that this enhanced RCS system is ready to fly,“ said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne president and CEO.

“The reaction control thrusters are critical to the Orion capsule's safe return to Earth at the completion of EM-1 as well as future crewed missions.“

Aerojet Rocketdyne used 3D printing process to produce the nozzle extensions for the RCS engine and other components.

The company also provides the jettison motor and the upper- and main-stage liquid engines for the SLS rocket apart from the RCS thruster system.

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