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Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sierra Nevada Complete Solar Electric Propulsion Concept Study; Eileen Drake Quoted

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 …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Electric Propulsion Tech for NASA’s Deep Space Plans

Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed an early systems integration test of an electric propulsion technology designed to help NASA conduct deep space missions in the near future. The company said Tuesday it developed a 13-kilowatt Hall thruster string as part of the space agency’s Advanced Electric Propulsion System program and demonstrated the subsystem’s power …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Ships Mars 2020 Rover Power Generator to DOE Lab

Aerojet Rocketdyne and its partner Teledyne have delivered an electric generator system that would help power NASA’s Mars 2020 rover to an Energy Department facility. The Idaho National Laboratory will fuel, test and evaluate the flight readiness of the the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Tuesday. MMRTG is designed to convert plutonium-238 heat …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Hot-Fire Tests of Tactical Booster Motor; Eileen Drake Comments

Aerojet Rocketdyne has concluded two hot-fire tests of air-launch motors at the Air Force Research Laboratory, under the firm’s advanced tactical booster program. The company said Monday it designed the solid rocket motors to simulate extreme cold- and hot-soak launch conditions. The tested motors demonstrated the capacity to accelerate vehicles …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests New In-Space Engine for Future Lunar Operations; Eileen Drake Comments

Sacramento, Calif.-based firm Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested a new in-space engine that will potentially be used for future robotic operations on the moon. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Wednesday the ISE-100 engine accumulated 75 individual tests, 774 pulses and over 500 seconds of hot-fire time during the evaluation period. ISE-100 will now …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Upper Stage Engine for ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Rocket

United Launch Alliance has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide an upper stage engine technology to help power ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket. The space launch company said Friday Aerojet Rocketdyne will build RL10 propulsion systems and develop an RL10C-X variant as part of a 10-year partnership agreement between the companies. “Key determining factors to …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Delivers Crew Module Engines for Boeing CST-100 Spacecraft

Aerojet Rocketdyne has produced and delivered engines that Boeing will integrate into spacecraft the latter company is building under NASA‘s Commercial Crew Program. Boeing will install MR-104J engines on the CST-100 Starliner crew module inside the  Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday. Each Starliner capsule …

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Report: Aerojet Rocketdyne, USAF Restructure Rocket Engine Devt Agreement

Aerojet Rocketdyne and the U.S. Air Force have begun to renegotiate an agreement over the development of the company’s rocket engine, SpaceNews reported Friday. The company develops the AR1 engine under a potential $115.3 million “other transaction” agreement the service branch awarded in 2016. The service’s space and missile systems center said …

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NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Test Main Engine Controller for Orion-SLS Crewed Flight

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have tested the fourth and last engine controller for the first crewed mission of the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System rocket, called Exploration Mission-2. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday its RS-25 engine was test fired for 365 seconds to qualify the engine controller, which works to facilitate communications between …

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