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News Archive / Tagged: Aerojet Rocketdyne

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne rocket engines support Intelsat 33e mission

    Jose FloresMarch 7th, 2017

    Boeing-built Intelsat 33e, which launched on Aug. 24, 2016, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on mission VA232 from Guiana Space Centre, is undergoing in-flight maneuvers using rocket engines made by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne completes testing of Orion spacecraft auxiliary engines

    Jim SharkeyMarch 6th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed hot-fire acceptance testing of eight auxiliary engines that will be used on the first flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The flight, called Exploration Mission (EM) 1, is scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in 2018.

  • Coleman Aerospace opens new facility on Space Coast

    Heather SmithFebruary 26th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Feb. 24, 2017, Coleman Aerospace unveiled its new Space Coast Integration & Test Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The new site was previously used by the U.S. Air Force for rocket processing.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts record setting AR1 test

    Jose FloresFebruary 25th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne set the record for the highest chamber pressure of any United States-produced liquid oxygen and kerosene main combustion system during a Feb. 22, 2017, test at NASA's Stennis Space Center.

  • ULA prepares to launch WGS-8 satellite to bolster military communications

    Curt GodwinDecember 5th, 2016

    Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) is the latest in a constellation of military communications satellites. The eighth member of the WGS series, WGS-8 will soon join its predecessors in providing global communications capabilities to the United States military and its allies.

  • Launch Abort Engines for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner undergo testing

    Jason RhianNovember 2nd, 2016

    The Launch Abort Engines for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft have undergone testing in Mojave, California, completing another step toward having the Starliner ferry crews to and from the International Space Station.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne tests Orion abort system jettison motor

    Curt GodwinSeptember 2nd, 2016

    On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully conducted a full-duration test of the solid-fueled rocket motor designed to jettison the launch abort system and separate it from the Orion spacecraft.

  • Space Launch System (SLS) engine testing update

    Scott JohnsonAugust 22nd, 2016

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — This past week, on August 18, SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), in south Mississippi, for the latest RS-25 engine test in preparation for its use in the agency's new super heavy-lift vehicle – the Space Launch System (SLS).

  • RL10 test paves the way for future Starliner flights

    Bart LeahyAugust 19th, 2016

    Inside a vast vacuum chamber in West Palm Beach, Florida, Aerojet Rocketdyne tested one of the RL10 engines that will carry the first Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft into orbit.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne chosen to supply Dream Chaser’s power

    Curt GodwinAugust 4th, 2016

    Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected to supply the electrical power distribution system for Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft. The company will be responsible for designing, developing, manufacturing, and testing the system, followed by integration into the reusable spacecraft's power network.

  • Starliner spacecraft engines successfully hot-fire tested

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 27th, 2016

    Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is one step closer to carrying astronauts into space from American soil as its engines have recently undergone a series of hot-fire development tests. The tests were conducted by Aerojet Rocketdyne at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne tests AR1 engine component

    Scott JohnsonJune 21st, 2016

    Aerojet Rocketdyne (Rocketdyne) announced on June 17 that its AR1 engine preburner had achieved full-power—verifying injector design parameters—during a series of tests earlier this month at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Mississippi.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne’s $67M contract with NASA set to develop new SEP system

    Michael ColeApril 30th, 2016

    NASA announced last week their selection of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., of Redmond, Washington, to develop a newly advanced electric propulsion system. The new system is the next step in NASA's Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) project, which is developing new technologies to expand the range and capabilities of future science and exploration missions.

  • NASA taps Aerojet Rocketdyne to produce deep space solar electric propulsion systems

    Jason RhianApril 20th, 2016

    NASA has said it is planning on sending crews to Mars in the 2030s. To get them there, the space agency will need new technologies. One of these, solar electric propulsion is something that, while not entirely new, could be of great use to the agency as it looks to reignite its crewed exploration of deep space.

  • The race to replace the RD-180 goes full throttle

    Joe LatrellMarch 3rd, 2016

    The USAF awarded two public-private partnerships to develop a replacement for the Russian RD-180 engine. The first team is a joint effort of ULA/Blue Origin. The second is Aerojet Rocketdyne, a company that endeavored for years to persuade the Air Force to back development of the AR1.