Solid Rocket Motors
A Powerful Past with an Extraordinary Future
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s legacy producing solid rocket motors began with the Jet Assisted Take Off motor, which provided extra boosting power for U.S. military planes during World War II. During the 1950s and 1960s, the company pioneered the development of solid- and liquid-fueled propulsion technology for U.S. missile and space programs. America’s earliest solid-fueled strategic missiles, including the Minuteman I and Polaris, featured Aerojet Rocketdyne motors. The company has provided propulsion for every U.S. Air Force ICBM ever fielded.
In 2020, Aerojet Rocketdyne opened its Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) facility in Camden, Arkansas. The state-of-the-art EMD facility will expand the company’s decades-long production of solid rocket motors in Camden, where the company currently produces 75,000 solid rocket motors a year. The EMD facility was specifically designed to serve as the developmental gateway for future Aerojet Rocketdyne large solid rocket motor product opportunities like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, hypersonics, missile defense targets, and small launch vehicles.
For 80 years the men and women of Aerojet Rocketdyne have produced solid rocket motors to support defense systems that have protected our warfighters, our nation, and our allies. Today we’re building solid rocket motors incorporating advanced technologies and materials, including next generation propellants and lightweight and robust motor cases, improving performance at lower costs.
What is Solid Rocket Motor Propulsion
Successful test of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s eSR-73 advanced large solid rocket motor
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Successful Test of an Advanced Large Solid Rocket Motor (MCAT)
- Feb. 27, 2023 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Delivers 830,000th Attitude Control Motor for Patriot Missile as Investments Enable 40% Increase in Production
- Oct. 6, 2022 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Next Generation Large Solid Rocket Motor, Demonstrates Production Maturity of Modern Facilities
- Aug. 9, 2022 - New Aerojet Rocketdyne Facility Consolidates Solid Rocket Motor Manufacturing to Increase Efficiency and Capacity
- May 5, 2022 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Selected by Lockheed Martin to Power DARPA OpFires Missile
- Feb. 9, 2022 - Aerojet Rocketdyne's Innovative Solid Rocket Motor Technology Supports the U.S. Army's LC-TERM Program
- Sept. 22, 2021 - Successful Test Demonstrates Aerojet Rocketdyne Arkansas Site Ready to Produce Large Solid Rocket Motors