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NASA ACHIEVES ROCKET ENGINE TEST MILESTONE NEEDED FOR MOON MISSIONS

NASA is a step closer to returning astronauts to the Moon in the next five years following a successful engine test on Thursday at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The latest “hot fire” was the culmination of four-plus years of testing for the RS-25 engines that will send the first four […]

PROVEN ENGINE PACKS BIG, IN-SPACE PUNCH FOR NASA’S SLS ROCKET

The thundering roar of a rocket leaving the launch pad is a familiar sight. Much less familiar is the job of the smaller upper stage engines that do their job mostly beyond eye and camera range, but give spacecraft the big, in-space push they need to venture into deep space. NASA’s new rocket, the Space […]

AEROJET ROCKETDYNE DELIVERS FIRST SET OF PROPULSION HARDWARE FOR BOEING’S STARLINER SPACECRAFT

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., has completed delivery of the first set of hardware for Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner service module propulsion system. The Starliner is designed to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The first delivered hardware includes the low-pressure port and starboard manifold […]

SUMMER OF TESTING CONCLUDES FOR NASA’S JOURNEY TO MARS

NASA and the agency’s industry team for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft are concluding a successful summer of testing in preparation for the first integrated flight. The uncrewed, three-week mission, currently designated Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), is scheduled for late 2018. During the mission, SLS will send Orion about 40,000 miles […]

ORION JETTISON MOTOR FIRES TO ENSURE CREW SAFETY FOR THE JOURNEY TO MARS

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., successfully tested its third development jettison motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at its facility in Rancho Cordova, California. Orion is being built to take humans farther into space than ever before, and the jettison motor is a critical element for ensuring astronaut safety. Leaders from NASA […]

TRANSPORT OF SATURN V ROCKET STAGE TO STENNIS SPACE CENTER A MATTER OF REAL HISTORY

History both repeated and foreshadowed itself with transport of the S-IC-15 Saturn V rocket stage to NASA’s Stennis Space Center this month. It repeated in literal fashion. The stage was transported from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility to Stennis Space Center on June 16, via the same water route it took more than 45 years ago […]

DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-POWER SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION

A prototype 13-kilowatt Hall thruster is tested at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This prototype demonstrated the technology readiness needed for industry to continue the development of high-power solar electric propulsion into a flight-qualified system. On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, NASA awarded a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. to design and develop an advanced […]

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