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  • 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.

  • NASA taps Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop Hall electric propulsion system

    Jason RhianFebruary 17th, 2016

    NASA has awarded a $2.5 million contract to California-based Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop the high-power electric "Hall Thruster" propulsion system. It is hoped that these thrusters could be used on crewed deep space missions which NASA is working to carry out in the coming decades.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne pushing forward with 3-D printed rocket engines

    Jose FloresJanuary 7th, 2016

    Aerojet Rocketdyne was awarded a $6 million contract on Tuesday, Jan. 5, to establish the standards that will be used to gauge components fabricated using 3-D printing for application in liquid-fueled rocket engines. The announcement comes at a time when 3-D printing is proving its worth in space exploration efforts.

  • ULA orders more Russian-built RD-180 rocket engines

    Jason RhianDecember 26th, 2015

    United Launch Alliance (more commonly known as ULA) announced on Wednesday, Dec. 23, that it had placed an order for more of the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines used on the Atlas V family of rockets fielded by the Colorado-based firm. While these engines might aid ULA in delivering civil and commercial payloads to orbit, it is also likely to cause controversy.

  • Backup engine for ULA’s Vulcan rocket completes design review

    Jason RhianDecember 21st, 2015

    ULA new "Vulcan" booster has been developed to be reliable, as such, some of its key systems have backups. While ULA has tapped Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine to power the new rocket's first stage, the firm has also been developing a backup engine for the rocket as well – Aerojet Rocketdyne's AR-1. That engine has recently completed a milestone in its development.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne completes 3-D printed parts for Orion Spacecraft

    Jim SharkeyDecember 2nd, 2015

    Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed 12 3D printed nozzle extensions for use on NASA's Orion spacecraft. The nozzle extensions are part of Orion's reaction control system (RCS) Aerojet Rocketdyne is building.