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News Archive / Tagged: Aerojet Rocketdyne

  • The alpha of the OmegA: Orbital ATK’s new rocket gains name

    Jason RhianApril 17th, 2018

    Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK has announced the name of the company's new, large-class rocket: OmegA. This new launch vehicle is meant for the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

  • NEXT-C electric propulsion engine poised for production

    Jason RhianApril 14th, 2018

    The NEXT-C ion propulsion engine has successfully completed a Critical Design Review conducted by NASA and is planned for use on the agency's 2021 DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission. With the CDR finished, the next step in the process should be the production of actual flight units.

  • CST-100 Starliner reentry thrusters delivered

    Derek RichardsonMarch 18th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is expected to have its first test flight sometime later in 2018. To support that test, Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed the delivery of the crew module’s reentry thrusters.

  • Lucky 113: NASA tests RS-25 engine at highest-ever power level

    Curt GodwinFebruary 23rd, 2018

    Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center conducted a test of the Space Launch System's (SLS) RS-25 engine, pushing the design to the highest level ever recorded for the powerhouse previously used to send Space Shuttles into orbit. The Aerojet Rocketdyne-manufactured engine reached a peak output of 113 percent of rated power during the Feb. 21, 2018, firing at the coastal Mississippi site.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne starts off a busy 2018 with hot fire of RS-25 engine

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 17th, 2018

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted another successful test firing of the Space Launch System’s core stage main engine, the RS-25, on Jan 16 2018.

  • Final RS-25 hot-fire test of 2017 completed

    Michael McCabeDecember 13th, 2017

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have conducted the final RS-25 hot-fire test of 2017 at their Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The six-minute, 40-second test was conducted at Stennis' A-1 Test Stand. The test also continued the development of components that utilized additive manufacturing (a.k.a. "3-D printing").

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Voyager 1 – the Energizer Bunny

    Jason RhianDecember 4th, 2017

    The Energizer Bunny keeps going and going – and so does NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. More to the point, so does the craft's thrusters. Over three-and-a-half decades after they were last fired, the probe's thrusters were successfully fired on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. 

  • Recent RS-25 test places SLS one step closer to flight

    Ocean McIntyreOctober 26th, 2017

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne carried out another 500-second test of an RS-25 rocket engine on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the space agency's Stennis Space Center located in Mississippi. The RS-25 engine E2063 test-fired during last week's review is planned for use on the second flight of NASA's new super-heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), which will be Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2).

  • RS-25 engine flight controller completes 500-second test

    Scott JohnsonAugust 10th, 2017

    On Wednesday, August 9, NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted a 500-second test of an RS-25 developmental engine at the agency's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The test was used to validate the fourth upgraded engine controller required for the first flight of the Space Launch System.

  • Advanced Electric Propulsion System successfully tested at NASA’s Glenn Research Center

    Jason RhianJuly 8th, 2017

    A new propulsion system, funded by the Space Technology Mission Directorate, underwent a series of tests at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio. The tests were conducted on a Power Processing Unit, or "PPU", for an Advanced Electric Propulsion System that is hoped could be used on either NASA's deep space missions or by the space agency's commercial partners.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne ‘kill vehicle’ performs successful test

    Paul KnightlyJune 6th, 2017

    Last week, Aerojet Rocketdyne announced the 10th successful test of its Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) on its Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) in the first live-fire missile defense test against an ICBM-class target.

  • NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne conduct 2nd RS-25 controller test

    Bart LeahyMay 24th, 2017

    On May 23, 2017, Aerojet Rocketdyne completed the second in a series of RS-25 engine firings, testing a new controller system. Formerly known as Space Shuttle Main Engines, the RS-25s are being upgraded to serve as the main engines for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) super-heavy-lift launch vehicle.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne continues development on AR1 Engine with successful CDR

    Lloyd CampbellMay 11th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne continues to make progress on its new AR1 engine by completing its Critical Design Review (CDR) recently. With the completion of the CDR, the engine is still on track to be certified for flight by 2019.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne completes AR1 preburner hot-fire test

    Heather SmithMay 10th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne announced on May 3, 2017, that it completed a hot-fire test of its preburner for the AR1 rocket engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The company’s focus is to have an “American-designed and built” booster system that will replace the Russian-built RD-180 engines that are frequently used to launch U.S. national security, civil, and NASA payloads to orbit.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne consolidating, optimizing operations

    Scott JohnsonApril 23rd, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne recently announced the next phase of what it calls its Competitive Improvement Program (CIP), a plan to consolidate and optimize the company's operation. It is hoped that this will result in an annual savings of $230 million.