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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Main Propulsion System for DARPA-Boeing Spaceplane Project

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected to build the main propulsion system for a reusable hypersonic aircraft being developed by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency and Boeing. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Wednesday that it will produce two AR-22 engines using parts from previous versions of the space shuttle main engine that has remained in the company …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Hydrocarbon Booster Engine Component for AFRL Tech Demonstrator Program

Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested a fuel boost kick pump engine component as part of an Air Force Research Laboratory program that aims to demonstrate an oxygen-rich staged combustion technology for rockets. The company said Friday it developed and tested the kick pump at full power under AFRL’s Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator program. “What we’ve learned through this …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Finishes AR1 Engine Design Review

Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed a critical design review of the company-built AR1 rocket engine. The company said Monday it aims to obtain flight certification for the AR1 technology in 2019 to help the Defense Department move away from foreign-made engines. Independent government and industry experts attended the review, which assessed whether AR1’s design meets performance requirements ahead of full-scale …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Hydrazine Engine for Boeing’s CST-100 Spacecraft

Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted hot-fire qualification tests on a hydrazine monopropellant engine the company designed to help address reusability requirements for the propulsion system of a Boeing-built crew module. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday it built and tested the MR-104J engine technology for Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation-100 Starliner as part of a subcontract awarded through NASA‘s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program. The …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Mature UUV Wireless Recharging Tech Under Navy Contract

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The U.S. Navy has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a $1.6 million contract to mature a power and energy management system designed to remotely recharge underwater unmanned vehicles while undersea. The company said Friday it will also mature and demonstrate the system’s software in an effort to help the Navy prioritize and schedule UUVs that need wireless recharging. Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Electric Propulsion Subsystem Supports Mission of Boeing-Built Intelsat Satellite

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Aerojet Rocketdyne has provided the rocket engines that Intelsat‘s Boeing-built 33e communications satellite currently uses to perform in-flight maneuvers as the satellite begins operations. The rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer said Friday the satellite, which is part of the Intelsat Epic Next Generation series, is equipped with its 100-volt electric propulsion thrusters and the MR-111C and MR-106L monopropellant hydrazine …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests AR1, RS-25 Engines at NASA Stennis Space Center

Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted a series of tests on its AR1 liquid oxygen/kerosene-based propulsion system and RS-25 liquid propellant engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. AR1 recorded the highest chamber pressure of any U.S. developed main combustion system during firing tests that evaluated the performance and design parameters of the engine’s injector, …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Lands NASA Glenn Award for Work on Ion Rocket Propulsion System

NASA‘s Glenn Research Center has named Aerojet Rocketdyne the “Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year” for the company’s development of the gridded ion thruster system for the Next Evolutionary Xenon Thruster-Commercial propulsion technology. The aerospace and defense firm said Monday its work on the system is part of an $18 million contract from 2015 for …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Manufacture AR1 Rocket Engine in Huntsville, Alabama

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Aerojet Rocketdyne has decided to build its AR1 rocket engine technology in Huntsville, Alabama, and create as many as 100 jobs to support production work. The company said Monday it is developing AR1 to help end U.S. dependence on foreign-made engines for national security and civil space launch programs. Eileen Drake, president and CEO of Aerojet Rocketdyne, said Huntsville is …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, DOE Partner to Advance Rotating Detonation Engine Tech for Natural Gas-Fueled Power Plants

Aerojet Rocketdyne and the Energy Department‘s National Energy Technology Laboratory will continue to develop air-breathing rotating detonation engine technology intended for natural gas-fueled power plants under a $6.8 million follow-on cooperative agreement. The new agreement comes under the second phase of a DOE program that seeks to build on Aerojet Rocketdyne‘s RED development efforts with University …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests SLS Engine at NASA Stennis Space Center

Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed additional tests on a development engine for a NASA launch vehicle at the Stennis Space Center to check the engine’s capacity to withstand a challenging operational environment. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday the RS-25 engine dubbed 0528 that NASA will use for the Space Launch System ran for 420 seconds on power levels that …

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NASA Taps Aerojet Rocketdyne to Support CubeSat ‘Green’ Propulsion System Maturity

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NASA has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract to support the technology maturity of a CubeSat “green” propulsion system that works to boost maneuverability, safety and performance compared with systems using traditional hydrazine propellants. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday the AF-M315E green propellant for the MPS-130 propulsion system serves to drive CubeSat and SmallSat development in terms of mission life extension, architecture resiliency …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne-Sierra Nevada Team to Perform Deep Space Habitat Architectural Study

Aerojet Rocketdyne and Sierra Nevada Corp. have partnered to conduct an architectural study for a deep space habitat system. Sierra Nevada is one of the six contractors selected by NASA to perform research and development work on prototypes of habitation systems under the agency’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnership-2 program. “We …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Power System for Sierra Nevada’s ISS Transportation Spacecraft

Sierra Nevada Corporation has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract to provide an electrical power system for the former’s Dream Chaser commercial spacecraft designated by NASA to transport cargo to and from the International Space Station. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Tuesday it will design, create, test and install the electrical power system onto Dream Chaser as …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Puts CST-100 Reaction Control System Engines Through Hot-Fire Test

Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted a series of hot-fire tests on three reaction control system engines for the propulsion system of Boeing‘s Crew Space Transportation-100 service module. The CST-100 Starliner engines were tested up to 4,000 pulses and 1,600 seconds at NASA‘s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday. Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne president …

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