Aerojet Rocketdyne has joined an industry-government team that will work on an upcoming satellite launch mission to demonstrate the use of AF-M315E, a non-toxic propellant.
The company said Thursday it will work with NASA, Ball Aerospace and Air Force Research Laboratory to prepare for the Green Propellant Infusion Mission scheduled to launch on June 24 in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The team will launch a satellite designed to demonstrate AF-M315E, a "green" propellant designed to perform almost 50 percent higher than monopropellant fuel. The demonstration will occur over 13 months.
In addition, the propellant also features a lower freezing point to remove the need for additional heating systems.
Aerojet Rocketdyne developed the propellant in Redmond, Wash. NASA is looking to use the propellant for future exploration missions to the moon, Mars and other environments beyond Earth.