Propulsion

MAXAR TEAMS WITH DYNETICS ON POWER AND PROPULSION ELEMENT FOR LUNAR GATEWAY

Maxar Technologies announced it has signed a teaming agreement with Huntsville, Alabama-based Dynetics to support Maxar in building and demonstrating the power and propulsion element for the Gateway − an essential component of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future expeditions to Mars. The teaming agreement establishes a framework for the companies to work together […]

SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION TEST FIRES NEXT-GENERATION ROCKET ENGINE

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) recently showcased its patented VORTEX rocket engine, showcasing next-generation technology available to NASA, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and commercial launch companies. The engine, which uses green and clean propellants, will be used for the SNC Dream Chaser spacecraft when it services the International Space Station for NASA missions starting in […]

MAXAR SELECTED TO BUILD, FLY FIRST ELEMENT OF NASA’S LUNAR GATEWAY

Maxar Technologies has been selected by NASA to build and perform a spaceflight demonstration of the lunar Gateway’s power and propulsion element spacecraft. Blue Origin and Draper will join the Maxar-led team in designing, building and operating the spacecraft through the demonstration period. The power and propulsion element is a key component to NASA’s overall […]

MAXAR’S SSL SELECTED BY NASA TO DEVELOP CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR ON-ORBIT SERVICING AND SPACE EXPLORATION

SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced today it was selected by NASA for two separate public-private partnerships to develop two vital “Tipping Point” spacecraft technologies. NASA’s Tipping Point awards are designed to foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. A […]

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 […]

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 […]

XCOR ENGINEERS ANNOUNCE MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN ENGINE TECHNOLOGY

XCOR Director of Engineering and acting CTO Michael Valant announced this week that his team has reached an important milestone in the development of the reusable 5K18 Lynx main propulsion rocket engine. His engineers were able to ‘close the loop’ of the thermodynamic system under test conditions, a key technology for the Lynx sub-orbital vehicle. […]

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