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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Electric Propulsion System Power Processing Unit for NASA

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Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed a series of hot-fire tests on a power processing unit for an electric propulsion system that the company currently developed for NASA. The company said Thursday it tested the Advanced Electric Propulsion System‘s power processing unit at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, together with the agency’s technology development unit …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Joe Cassady: Solar Electric Propulsion Key to Sustainable Deep Space Architecture

Joe Cassady, executive director for space programs at Aerojet Rocketdyne, has said the use of solar electric propulsion (SEP) systems for in-space transportation can help the U.S. government build a sustainable deep space architecture. Cassady told the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on space that SEP platforms can transfer cargo, habitats and payloads …

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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 2nd SLS Flight Engine Controller Unit; Eileen Drake Comments

Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested a second flight engine controller for its RS-25 rocket engine at NASA‘s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA will use the Aerojet Rocketdyne-made engine technology to power the Space Launch System as part of a planned unmanned space mission, the company said Tuesday. Eileen Drake, president and CEO of Aerojet Rocketdyne, said the RS-25 development and …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Conducts Hot Fire Tests on 3D-Printed Engine

Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed a series of hot fire tests on its liquid-fueled rocket engine that was built through additive manufacturing or 3D printing. The company said Monday the activity was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and involved 17 tests that validated the Bantam rocket engine’s performance, durability and reusability. Bantam is a 30,000 …

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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 AR1 Rocket Engine Preburner

Aerojet Rocketdyne has run hot-fire tests to validate the design of the AR1 rocket engine’s preburner. The company said Thursday the preburner will help drive the turbomachinery of AR1 engine and was built through modern techniques such as three-dimensional printing. Julie Van Kleeck, vice president of advanced space and launch programs and strategy at Aerojet …

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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 Consolidate Additional Offices Under Competitive Improvement Program; Eileen Drake Comments

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Aerojet Rocketdyne will consolidate and modernize additional facilities over the next two years under the second phase of a company-wide improvement effort. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday it aims to merge operations in California and Virginia as well as expand its presence in Alabama with the construction of a new manufacturing facility in the next two years …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Puts 3D-Printed Engine Thrust Chamber Assembly Through Hot-Fire Tests

Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted hot-fire tests on a full-scale thrust chamber assembly the company built using a three-dimensional printing method that incorporated selective laser melting technology. The company said Monday that the Defense Production Act Title III program management office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base facilitated tests of the 3D-printed thrust chamber for the RL10 rocket engine. …

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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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