Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 6, 2018 – Following the successful launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket earlier this year, engine provider Aerojet Rocketdyne is gearing up for the next scheduled mission of the launch vehicle.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the leading U.S. aerospace and defense trade association, has appointed Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake to its Executive Committee for 2019. Ms. Drake was named during AIA’s Nov. 30 Board of Governors Meeting.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne today announced that as a result of the generosity of employee contributions to California wildfire disaster relief efforts, the company has increased its dollar-for-dollar match to $100,000. Approximately 2,200 of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s 5,000 employees live and work in the greater Sacramento and Los Angeles regions of California.

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Using sophisticated propulsion devices provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne, NASA’s Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of the red planet Nov. 26.

The final phase of lnSight’s descent was powered by 12 Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-107N 50 lbf engines, providing variable pounds of pulsed thrust throughout its descent, which began firing after the lander jettisoned its parachute and heat shield. The engines maneuvered the craft clear of the falling parachute before bringing it gently to the Martian surface, where it will gather data on the planet’s seismology, rotation and internal temperature.

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., Oct. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne recently took delivery of the remaining flight controllers that serve as the brains of the RS-25 engines. All flight controllers for the first four flights of the Space Launch System (SLS) are now located at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s facility at NASA Stennis.

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