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Aerojet Rocketdyne has built the propulsion devices that powered a NASA spacecraft during a journey to Mars as part of a mission to study the planet’s seismology, rotation and internal temperature. InSight, which landed Monday on the Martian surface, used MR-107N 50 engines, an RL10C-1 main engine, MR-106 reaction control thrusters and MR-111C thrusters in its nearly six-month trip […] More
Aerojet Rocketdyne has appointed Kevin Chilton, a 34-year U.S. Air Force veteran and 11-year NASA astronaut, to the company's board of directors. Chilton’s previous military roles include vice chief of staff and program director for the Air Force and director of politico-military affairs for Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, the company said Tuesday. He […] More
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 […] More
Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO Eileen Drake has announced that the company plans to acquire more companies or product lines as part of its Competitive Improvement Program, Space News reported Wednesday. The firm is focusing on mergers and acquisitions as its debt load decreased from $464.4M in May 2015 to $102.2M in June 2018 and it earned […] More
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed a second ground-based assessment of an engine controller for the Space Launch System exploration rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday the RS-25 engine underwent eight minutes of test firing as part of an effort to verify its flight readiness and the performance of its modified components. The engine features modernized hardware that include a vibration […] More
Aerojet Rocketdyne and Sierra Nevada Corp. have concluded a four-month study that focused on modifying advanced solar electric propulsion vehicle concepts for future human exploration missions and deep space habitation. Sacramento, Calif.-based Aerojet said Wednesday it supplemented Sierra Nevada's Lunar Gateway concept with an SEP module for the Power and Propulsion Element study under NASA's Next […] More
Aerojet Rocketdyne has announced a $50 million project to expand the company’s manufacturing facility in Southern Arkansas for solid rocket motors and warheads. The rocket manufacturer said Wednesday it plans to invest in infrastructure at the site and aims to create as many as 140 positions through the expansion. Eileen Drake, president and CEO of Aerojet Rocketdyne, […] More
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