Rare Bird's Eye View of RS-25 Engine Test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., Feb. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NASA drone technology captured never-before-seen imagery of the RS-25 engine built by Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), while it underwent testing at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the first time drones have captured photos of the RS-25 engine test from above the test stand.

"The RS-25 is a remarkable engine that continues to undergo testing at Stennis to ensure that the Space Launch System rocket will have the performance necessary to safely take our astronauts into deep space," said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. "Never before has drone technology been used to give us a bird's eye view of our engine test."

This is the twelfth test of the RS-25 engine to confirm that it meets the added requirements and performance beyond what was needed to support the shuttle program.

"The RS-25 engine continues to perform flawlessly, which is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the hundreds of employees across the country supporting this program," added Dan Adamski, RS-25 program director at Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.

NASA drone captures imagery of the RS-25 Engine, built by Aerojet Rocketdyne, while it is tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center

NASA drone captures imagery of the RS-25 Engine, built by Aerojet Rocketdyne, while it is tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center

NASA drone captures imagery of the RS-25 Engine, built by Aerojet Rocketdyne, while it is tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center

NASA drone captures imagery of the RS-25 Engine, built by Aerojet Rocketdyne, while it is tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center