Aerojet Rocketdyne News

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports Launch of AFSPC-4 Mission

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 29, 2014 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, supported yesterday’s successful launch of two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites into orbit to help detect and track space objects as part of the Air Force Space Command-4 (AFSPC-4) mission. The mission, which also carried an Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite into orbit, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida by a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests 1 Newton Thruster for Green Propellant Infusion Mission

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, has successfully completed a hot-fire test on its flight-representative 1 Newton (1N) thruster at our specially designated green propellant facility in Redmond, Washington.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Critical to Successful Antares Launch and Spacecraft Maneuvering

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 13, 2014 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its dual AJ26 main engine system once again successfully boosted Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE: ORB) Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft on the second operational Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission, carrying the Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). Liftoff occurred at 12:52 p.m. EDT from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Study on Common Upper Stage Service for NASA

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 9, 2014 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, has completed a study with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to develop a common upper stage service for NASA, designed to enhance the performance of the NASA Launch Services (NLS) II medium and heavy launch vehicles for planetary and heliophysics missions, and pave the way for additional missions by providing more affordable launch services.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports United Launch Alliance Launch of Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 into Orbit for NASA

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 2, 2014 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, helped propel the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) into orbit for NASA. The OCO-2 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion included an RS-27A booster engine, an AJ10-118K upper-stage engine and four MR-103G 0.2 lbf spacecraft thrusters.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Completes Launch Abort Engine Development Testing for Boeing's CST-100 Spacecraft

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 16, 2013Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company (NYSE:GY), announced today that it completed development testing of a flight-like Launch Abort Engine (LAE) for an innovative "pusher" launch abort system on The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports Launch of Classified Payload for the U.S. Government

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 6, 2013 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, continued its role as a major propulsion supplier to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program by successfully placing a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. government. The mission was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, with an RL10A-4-2 upper-stage engine, helium pressurization tanks, and a dozen Centaur upper-stage thrusters used for roll, pitch, yaw and settling burns.

USAF Awards Aerojet Rocketdyne a Medium Class Stage III Demonstration Contract

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 2, 2013 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has been awarded a contract under the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Propulsion Applications Program (PAP) to demonstrate a Medium Class Stage III motor with propulsion technologies that are applicable to multiple future common strategic propulsion systems.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports Successful Launch of NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft to Study Effects of Atmospheric Change on Mars

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, played a major role in successfully placing NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft on its journey to determine how the loss of atmospheric gas may have changed the Martian climate over time. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, with an RL10A-4-2 upper-stage engine, helium pressurization tanks, and a dozen Centaur upper-stage thrusters used for roll, pitch, yaw and settling burns.

Aerojet Rocketdyne's Utah Facility Reaches 10-Year Safety Milestone

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced today that its Clearfield, Utah, site has achieved a significant safety milestone in operating for 10 years without a lost-time injury.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2012

Aerojet Announces Maintenance, Repair and Operations Management Agreement

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced today the recent signing of a multi-year master agreement with Storeroom Solutions, Inc. (SSI) to deploy a flexible, integrated supply chain service model for all maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) material requirements across the enterprise. This alliance will unify all operating site locations and aggregate the total spend under a single enterprise Management Services Agreement.

Aerojet Technology Supported Today's Launch of the U.S. Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 11, 2012 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced that its rockets and thrusters were instrumental in today’s launch of the U.S. Air Force’s orbital test vehicle.

Aerojet Employees Support U.S. Troops Overseas with Care Packages and Holiday Greeting Cards

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 6, 2012 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced at its leadership training event on Wednesday, Dec. 5, that more than 120 Aerojet executives and managers from around the country assembled dozens of care packages for U.S. troops as part of a team building exercise.

Aerojet Recognizes Local Engineer for Technical Innovation

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 5, 2012 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that Technical Principal Dr. Gary Luke was presented with the R.B. Young Technical Innovation Award at an award ceremony held Monday night, Dec. 3, in Luke’s honor.

Aerojet Announces Arrow Electronics Agreement

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 20, 2012 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today the signing of a multi-year master agreement with Arrow Electronics. The agreement covers procurement of approximately 65 percent of Aerojet’s electronic component requirements.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2011

Aerojets Sacramento Facility Achieves One Million Man Hours Without a Lost-time Injury

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 21, 2011 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its Sacramento, Calif. headquarters has once again achieved one million man hours without a lost-time injury.

The Sacramento site reached the milestone on Nov. 26. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment by our Sacramento facility,” said Sacramento Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety, Chris Conley. “This milestone demonstrates the entire team's commitment to a safe workplace and safe work practices.”

Carlton Brewer Named Aerojet Huntsville Site Executive

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 2, 2011 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that Carlton Brewer has been appointed as site executive for its Huntsville, Ala. location.

Successful GMLRS+ Rocket Flight Test Demonstrates New Aerojet Scalable Effects Warhead

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced that its new scalable effects warhead was successfully demonstrated on Lockheed Martin’s Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System-Plus (GMLRS+) rocket today during a flight test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This new warhead provides the user the ability to select a range of detonation yields depending on the target.

Aerojet and FTT Announce Major Next Generation Engine Milestone

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 28, 2011 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has successfully completed a major milestone in the development of a ground demonstrator for the Next Generation Engine (NGE) program. Aerojet, along with its partner Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc. (FTT), recently completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the turbopump assembly before an Independent Review Team comprised of third party turbomachinery experts.

Aerojet Propulsion Boosts Next Generation Mars Science Laboratory Mission - Aerojet Thrusters Integral to Propulsive Mars Landing

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 26, 2011 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, helped launch a new era of planetary exploration by providing propulsion for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission that lifted off today on a scientific endeavor to the red planet.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2010

Aerojet Propulsion Remains Operational as Voyager 1 Approaches Interstellar Space

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 23, 2010 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, celebrates NASA’s recent announcement that Voyager 1 has reached a point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind. Now approximately 10.8 billion miles from the sun, Voyager 1’s passage through the heliosheath, the turbulent outer shell of the sun's sphere of influence, and the spacecraft's upcoming departure from our solar system, mark a major milestone as it will become mankind’s first interstellar probe.

Aerojet to Expand in Huntsville - Company Plans to Grow in the Southeast U.S.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that over the next few months it will expand its presence in the Huntsville community by hiring 25 local engineers. This growth will allow Aerojet to provide collaborative engineering expertise, program management support and business development outreach to our government and prime customers located in the Huntsville area and across the Southeastern United States.

Aerojet Propulsion Raises Japan’s First Quasi-Zenith Satellite MICHIBIKI

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 2, 2010 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, congratulates Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on the successful launch of the MICHIBIKI satellite aboard the H-2A launch vehicle out of the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

Aerojet Completes Final Lot Shipments of the U.S. Air Forces F-22 Raptor Program, The Companys Forward Boom Deliveries Span 17 years

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 2, 2010 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it shipped the last F-22 Raptor forward boom to The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. This completed the 10th lot of a procurement that spanned 17 years in support of the Boeing/Lockheed Martin/U.S. Air Force team.

Aerojets High-Power Hall System Providing Orbit-Raising Propulsion for Air Forces Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 22, 2010 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its high-power Hall Thruster Propulsion System (HTPS) has successfully initiated operation on the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Space Vehicle #1 (SV#1) that was launched on an Atlas V rocket on Aug.14. The system is now providing thrust to raise the orbit of SV#1 to its final geosynchronous orbit location.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2009

Aerojet Propulsion Critical to Atlas V Launch and Intelsat-14 Satellite Transfer to Final Orbit

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced its key role in today's successful launch of United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carrying the Intelsat-14 commercial communications satellite. The launch services by ULA were performed on behalf of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.

Aerojet Engines Support Space Shuttle Atlantis Re-stocking Mission to International Space Station

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 18, 2009 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its engines have supported STS-129’s on-orbit operations and docking to the International Space Station (ISS). Atlantis lifted off Monday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
On this 11-day mission, the STS-129 crew plans to make three space walks; one of which will be to install two platforms to the station’s truss. The crew will also store spare parts hardware on the outside of the station.

Aerojets “Core Burning” Innovation Significantly Improves Scramjet Mission Capability

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 16, 2009 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, under contract to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), recently completed ground testing of an advanced Scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine combustor demonstrating a new thermal management approach.

Aerojet Awarded NASA Contract for Unique LOX-Hydrogen Deep Throttling Injector Development

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has been awarded a NASA MSFC contract to continue the innovative multi-circuit liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen injector development. This funding is part of the Propulsion and Cryogenic Advanced Development (PCAD) project of the Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP). ETDP develops new technologies that will enable NASA to conduct future human exploration missions, while reducing mission risk and cost.

Aerojet Powers Japans Second Successful Standard Missile-3 Intercept

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 28, 2009 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced that today the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force achieved its second ballistic missile intercept using a Raytheon Company Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA missile. Aerojet’s MK 72 booster and MK 104 dual-thrust rocket motor provided the first- and second-stage propulsion for this critical and successful hit-to-kill intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target in space. SM-3 is being developed as part of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2008

Aerojet Bipropellant Engine Sets New Performance Record

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 8, 2008 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its 150-lbf thrust high performance storable bipropellant engine demonstrated a specific impulse of 333.5 seconds at its Redmond, Wash. facility.

Aerojet, BAES and U.S. Navy Celebrate NULKA Anti-Missile Decoy System Milestone

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 1, 2008 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that the Nulka Active Missile Decoy System, which uses Aerojet’s solid rocket motor, has reached the 100th installation milestone on a U.S. Navy ship.

Aerojet Successfully Delivers TOW Bunker Buster Production Units

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 26, 2008 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has completed production and delivery of 3,178 TOW Bunker Buster Warhead Assemblies to Raytheon Missile Systems.

Aerojet Propulsion Assists NASAs STS-126 Launch to International Space Station

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 17, 2008 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, used its propulsion to assist in the Space Shuttle Endeavour launch of its 15-day mission to deliver additional equipment and supplies to the International Space Station for resident crew expansion. Aerojet propulsion will also be used in on-orbit operations and during landing on this 27th shuttle mission to the Station.
Endeavour roared into orbit Friday night from Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A.

Aerojets Second-Stage Engine Powers Cosmo-3 Launch

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2008 – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its second-stage engine helped power the launch of the COnstellation of small Satellites for the Mediterranean basin Observation (Cosmo-3) mission.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2007

Aerojet Awarded $62 Million for U.S. Air Forces F-22 Raptor Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has been selected by The Boeing Company to provide additional forward boom ship sets, worth $62M over a three-year period, for the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor program.

Aerojet Names Glenn Mahone Executive Director of Strategic Communications

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that Glenn Mahone is joining Aerojet as its executive director of Strategic Communications. He will be located at Aerojet in Washington, D.C., reporting to John Schumacher, vice president Washington office.

Aerojet Tests New, Cost-Saving Booster Technology for Potential Use in Prompt Global Strike

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, recently conducted a critical static fire test of an innovative, low-cost large booster in support of the U.S. Navy's Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (SLIRBM) demonstration. The motor design incorporates cost-saving manufacturing techniques and tested several new high-performance technologies for potential use in Department of Defense Prompt Global Strike efforts.

Aerojets Booster Launches Successful Missile Defense THAAD Intercept

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its booster launched the seventh successful interceptor for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) flight test program. This was the third actual intercept test over the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, HI.

Aerojets Hypersonic Engine Readied for Mach 6 Flight Tests

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, recently completed ground testing of an advanced flight-weight combustor for the Dual Combustion Ramjet engine (DCR) on the DARPA/Navy/Boeing HyFly (Hypersonic Flight) program. Aerojet's DCR engine is fabricated entirely from lightweight, high-temperature composites -- making it less than half the weight of fuel-cooled metal engines. This hypersonic engine technology will enable the U.S. military to reach long-range threats in a fraction of the time it takes with current missiles.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2006

Aerojet Engine Launches Classified Satellite

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 14, 2006 Aerojet’s liquid second stage engine helped power the United Launch Alliance Delta II launch vehicle and its satellite payload in a launch today from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The Delta II vehicle, known as the workhorse of the launch industry in its payload class, carried a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Aerojet Selected by Air Force as Finalist to Develop New Booster Engine

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 4, 2006 Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. (NYSE: GY) company, announced today the company was selected to negotiate a contract award totaling $109 million from the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate (AFRLPR)at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. to develop a new hydrocarbon booster engine technology demonstrator for Air Force launch systems.

Aerojet Engine Launches New Global Positioning Satellite into Orbit

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 17, 2006 -- Aerojet’s liquid second-stage engine helped power the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle and its Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite into orbit today for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Aerojet Propels Spacecraft Bound to Observe the Sun

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 26, 2006 -- Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. (NYSE: GY) company, provided the propulsion systems for NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) mission launched last night from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. aboard a Boeing Company Delta II rocket. STEREO consists of two nearly identical satellites launched aboard a single rocket to provide three-dimensional measurements of the Sun's near surface region for studying coronal mass ejections. Yesterday's launch occurred at 8:52 p.m. EDT.

Aerojet Awarded Propulsion Contract for Submarine-Launched Missile

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 16, 2006 -- Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. (NYSE: GY) company, announced today a contract award from U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs to provide an affordable boost motor demonstrator for the Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (SLIRBM) concept. The contract is valued at $4.96 million.

Aerojet Rocketdyne News - 2005

Aerojet Successfully Demonstrates THAAD Motor

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 23, 2005 -- Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. (NYSE: GY) company, successfully demonstrated its boost motor capabilities for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile Tuesday in a developmental flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

The THAAD missile flight test evaluated the missile and did not include a target. The Aerojet boost motor powered the THAAD missile, and all preliminary data indicate test objectives were achieved.

Scott Neish Named President of Aerojet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – November 22, 2005 – GenCorp Inc. (NYSE: GY) today announced that J. Scott Neish will become president of Aerojet-General Corporation (Aerojet), and an officer of GenCorp effective December 1, 2005. Mr. Neish is currently Aerojet’s executive vice president, a role he has held since earlier this year. He succeeds Michael Martin who has been a senior manager of the Company for 12 years, serving as Aerojet’s president since 2001. Mr. Martin will remain an officer and vice president of GenCorp and assume a strategic advisory role.

Aerojet Rocket Motors Pass Missile Defense Test

Sixth Successful Ballistic Missile Intercept Test Takes Place Over the Pacific

Aerojet Wins TOW Bunker Buster Warhead Contract

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 26, 2005 -- Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. (NYSE: GY) company, has been awarded a contract with Raytheon Missile Systems to assemble, qualify and produce TOW Bunker Buster warheads. Aerojet's contract is valued at more than $8 million. The Tube-launched, Optically Tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) Bunker Buster missile is intended to defeat urban structures and earthen bunkers on the battlefield. Aerojet's first delivery of the warhead is planned for September of 2006. Explosive loading will be accomplished at Aerojet's Camden, Ark.

Aerojet Titan Engines Take Final Flight

50th Anniversary and Final California Launch Site

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 – The Titan rocket, for 50 years a workhorse space lifter, made its final flight from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. today with Aerojet first- and second-stage liquid rocket engines powering the massive vehicle’s liquid propellant core. Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. (NYSE: GY) company, has produced liquid rocket engines for the entire Titan launcher family: Titan I, Titan II, Titan III and Titan IV, with work spanning the entire 50 years of the Titan program.

 

 

 

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