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News Archive / Tagged: Vulcan

  • ULA selects Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine for Vulcan rocket

    Curt GodwinSeptember 27th, 2018

    Aerojet Rocketdyne lost out to Blue Origin for the production of the main rocket engine for the Vulcan lunch system. How will this guide the development of the new rocket?

  • Gallery: Desolate Utah plains rumble with GEM 63’s fury

    Jason RhianSeptember 21st, 2018

    PROMONTORY, Utah — Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63 solid rocket motor conducted its first test fire at 1 p.m. MDT (3 p.m. EDT / 19:00 GMT) on Thursday, Sept. 20. The motor was tested under “cold conditions” of approximately 40 °F. The GEM 63 series is being developed for use on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V […]

  • Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63 undergoes 1st test fire

    Jason RhianSeptember 20th, 2018

    The desolate, remote deserts of Utah came alive in fire and smoke during a test that heralded the introduction of powerful new launch vehicles onto the world stage.

  • Insider Live: Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63 first test fire

    Jason RhianSeptember 19th, 2018

    Want to see exclusive live video of a GEM 63 rocket motor being tested? Only SpaceFlight Insider brings you live coverage from the test site in Utah. Tune in at 12:30 p.m. MDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT.

  • ULA’s Vulcan rocket upper stage to use RL10 engine

    Joe LatrellMay 15th, 2018

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced it has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne's RL10 engine to power the Centaur upper stage of the Vulcan rocket, which is currently in development.

  • Jeff Bezos tweets latest BE-4 engine test footage

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2018

    Blue Origin has successfully tested its BE-4 engine at its longest duration yet revealed by the secretive spaceflight company. In a video tweeted out by the company’s founder, Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, it was announced that the engine, which is capable of 550,000 pounds (2,400 kilonewtons) of thrust, was tested at 65 percent of full-power for about 114 seconds.

  • Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine

    Bart LeahyOctober 21st, 2017

    Blue Origin is moving forward with its rocket development program, hot-firing a 550,000-pound-force (2,446.5-kilonewton) thrust liquid natural gas / liquid oxygen BE-4 engine at its facility in Texas this week.

  • ULA, Bigelow Aerospace set sights on lunar orbit outpost

    Bart LeahyOctober 19th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace are teaming up to send an inflatable space station to low-lunar orbit by 2022. The effort will feature a series of launches aboard ULA’s new Vulcan rocket using its Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage (ACES) to make Bigelow’s B330 habitat a depot to facilitate future exploration and development of the Moon.

  • Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine test hardware suffers failure

    Derek RichardsonMay 16th, 2017

    In a tweet on Sunday, May 14, 2017, NewSpace company Blue Origin announced it had lost a set of powerpack test hardware for its BE-4 engine in development. No details were released as to what happened or why.

  • Russia claims U.S. will continue to purchase RD-180 engines

    Lloyd CampbellApril 22nd, 2017

    On Friday, April 14, 2017, Yuri Vlasov, CEO of the United Rocket and Space Corporation, stated that the RD-180 engines, which currently power the Atlas V booster, would be delivered to the United States until 2024–2025.

  • 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.

  • Vulcan Centaur completes Preliminary Design Review

    Jason RhianMarch 25th, 2016

    The new rocket that Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) is planning on launching as soon as 2019 has completed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The version of the booster that underwent the PDR includes two Blue Origin BE-4 rocket engines in its first stage.

  • 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.

  • ULA selects Orbital ATK’s GEM 63/63 XL SRBs for Atlas V and Vulcan boosters

    Jason RhianSeptember 23rd, 2015

    United Launch Alliance announced on Sept. 22, 2015, that it had selected Solid Rocket Boosters produced by Orbital ATK on the venerable Atlas V and forthcoming Vulcan launch systems. The GEM 63 will replace Aerojet Rocketdyne's AJ-60A SRBs on upcoming flights of the Atlas V, and the XL version of the booster has been selected to aid certain versions of Vulcan aloft.

  • ULA and Blue Origin announce production agreement for BE-4 Engine

    Jason RhianSeptember 12th, 2015

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin announced on Thursday, Sept. 10, that the two companies had entered into an agreement to expand the production capabilities of Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine, which is planned for use on ULA's new Vulcan rocket.