Dan during his active duty serviceApplying Leadership Skills Learned in the Army to Leading Teams Supporting the Military

November 18, 2022 - From serving as a U.S. Army officer to leading a team at Aerojet Rocketdyne, Dan F. has leveraged leadership skills learned through strong role models. "I have always had a passion for leading and developing teams; there's something amazing about watching a team grow, develop and unite for a common goal," said Dan. "What sets leaders apart is the ability to unite and motivate a group of people, and to effectively communicate important information to them."

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As a manufacturing engineer manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne, Dave leads the PAC-3 MSE propulsion engineers at the company's Camden siteAerojet Rocketdyne Veteran Takes Pride in Helping the Next Generation of Warfighters

November 10, 2022 - After seeing first-hand how important safe and reliable weapons are in combat, former Air Force officer Dave B., now a manufacturing engineer manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne, does his part every day to support today's warfighters with dependable defense propulsion from Camden.

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The final Atlas V rocket to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base took flight Nov. 10 at 1:49 a.m. PST. (United Launch Alliance Photo)Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Systems Enable Launch of Severe Weather Forecasting Satellite

November 10, 2022 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Nov. 10 to deliver the Joint Polar Satellite System 2 (JPSS-2) weather satellite to orbit for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, and the Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) for NASA.

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Lakeeta joined the Navy in 1987 as a YeomanFrom the Navy to Aerojet Rocketdyne: For Lakeeta, There's No Place Like Home

November 4, 2022 - At just 17 years old, an ambitious high school graduate decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy in the hopes that it would bring the college education her family didn't have the means to pay for. As nervous as she was to enlist alone, Lakeeta knew the Navy would help propel her future.

Lakeeta had organizational and interpersonal skills, so she joined the Navy as a Yeoman, a Human Resources specialist in the Navy. Within a few weeks after training, she received her first assignment at sea, which took her thousands of miles away from anyone and anything she knew. Lakeeta didn't know it at the time, but she would soon find out that her shipmates would become her family.

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From left to right: Aerojet Rocketdyne team members Don B. (and wife Kathy B. on immediate left), Autumn L., Sandy S. and Christi H. participate in the St. Jude’s Walk/Run to support “Team Adam”Aerojet Rocketdyne Team Walks the Walk for Colleague in Need

October 7, 2022 - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It is often said – so often, in fact, that it’s the subject of a popular country music song – that in difficult times, you find out who your friends are.

Wade K., a chief engineer at the company’s Defense Headquarters, found that out soon after getting the kind of news that every parent dreads: his 8-year-old son Adam had been diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer.

When word got out, Wade’s Aerojet Rocketdyne colleagues immediately asked how they could help their colleague and friend. As it turned out, one of the best ways to help was to go for a walk.

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The Centaur upper stage of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10 engine and 12 MR-106 reaction control system thrusters. (Photo credit: ULA)Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Helps Propel ULA Atlas V Rocket to Deliver Two Commercial Satellites to Orbit

October 4, 2022 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully delivered two commercial satellites to orbit today thanks in part to propulsion systems and tanks provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne. The satellites, known as SES-20 and SES-21, will operate over the continental United States to deliver C-band broadcast and radio services as well as critical data network services. The mission was launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

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Double Asteroid Redirection Test, NASA's First Planetary Defense Test MissionAerojet Rocketdyne-Propelled DART Spacecraft to Intentionally Impact Near-Earth Asteroid

Sept. 26, 2022 – Propelled by Aerojet Rocketdyne, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft is set to impact Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos, on Sept. 26 at 7:14 p.m. EDT. The goal of the DART mission is to demonstrate a method of asteroid deflection by deliberately striking an asteroid at high speed using the kinetic impact of the spacecraft in order to change the asteroid’s motion in space.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Helps Propel Final ULA Delta IV Heavy Launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base

Sept. 24, 2022 - Aerojet Rocketdyne provided all of the thrust needed to power the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. This was the final scheduled launch of a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

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From Shuttle to Artemis InfographicRS-25 Engines on Artemis I Will Pass the Torch from One Era to Another

August 22, 2022 - In addition to opening a historic new chapter in space exploration, the upcoming debut of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on the Artemis I mission will mark a return to flight for four main engines that already have a remarkable history of their own.

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Michael Mutek, general counsel for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Defense Business UnitAerojet Rocketdyne Defense General Counsel Elected to ABA Board of Governors

August 12, 2022 - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Michael Mutek, general counsel for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Defense Business Unit, has contributed to the legal field for more than 40 years – whether it be through his job, active involvement in various professional associations, or the frequent speaking engagements that go with being a widely recognized expert in federal contracting law.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility, located in Huntsville, AL, celebrates 3 years in operation supporting the nation’s defenseAerojet Rocketdyne AMF Hitting Its Stride as Team Celebrates Three Years in Operation

August 1, 2022 - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – To get a quick sense of how busy things have gotten at Aerojet Rocketdyne's three-year-old Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) here, take a look at its jam-packed parking lot.

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V begins the flight downrange on the USSF-12 mission (Photo credit: ULA)Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes 14-Year Program in Support of United Launch Alliance with 100% On-Time Deliveries

July 26, 2022 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) has an unmatched record in reliability with more than 150 consecutive launches since the company was formed in 2006. For the past 14 years, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Redmond, Washington facility has been supporting ULA’s Atlas V Centaur upper stage and the Delta IV Cryogenic Second Stage with reaction control system (RCS) thrusters.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems played a key role in the successful launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying the Wide Field of View experimental missile warning satellite to orbit for the U.S. Space Force. Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance.Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Critical to Launch of U.S. Space Force Missile Early Warning Satellite: United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket notches another successful mission

July 1, 2022 - Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems and tanks played an essential role in the July 1 launch of the U.S. Space Force Wide Field of View experimental missile warning satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The mission for the U.S. Space Force, known as USSF-12, was launched from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission also delivered additional rideshare payloads to orbit.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Large Solid Rocket Motor, the eSR-7Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Electric Propulsion System Thruster Passes Critical Design Review

June 2022 - Earlier this year, Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA conducted a Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) thruster that will be employed on the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) of the lunar Gateway, which is being developed by NASA and its international partners.

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Brandi Wheeler, based in Huntsville, will transition from senior executive assistant to CAD services designer.With a Company Boost, Aerojet Rocketdyne Team Member Takes Giant Career Step

March 29, 2022 - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If getting there is half the fun, Brandi Wheeler has lots to look forward to as a newly-minted CAD services designer at Aerojet Rocketdyne's Defense Headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.

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eSR-73Rocket Shop℠ : Aerojet Rocketdyne’s technological vanguard

March 16, 2022 - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As the premier propulsion and power provider for space and defense programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne thrives at technology’s cutting edge. At the precipice of its innovation sits Rocket Shop℠.

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SLS LaunchAerojet Rocketdyne: Propelling Human Spaceflight Forward, from Mercury to Artemis

March 14, 2022 - When NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) lifts off for the first time in the coming months, it will be continuing an Aerojet Rocketdyne legacy in human spaceflight that dates back to the very beginning of the space age.

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United Launch Alliance (ULA) hoists its Centaur upper stage atop the Atlas V rocket that will launch NOAA's GOES-T mission for NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP). Photo credit: United Launch Alliance.Aerojet Rocketdyne to Enable ULA Launch and Operation of NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite

Feb. 25, 2022 - Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems, including the company’s workhorse RL10 upper-stage engine, will play an essential role in the upcoming launch of NOAA’s newest weather satellite, GOES-T, aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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An Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10 engine undergoes hot fire testing at the company’s facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion to Support Upcoming U.S. Space Force Mission

Jan. 19, 2022 – Propulsion hardware and tanks supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne will play a prominent role in the launch of a pair of U.S. military space surveillance satellites that are scheduled to launch Jan. 21 aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

Aerojet Rocketdyne's venerable RL10 upper-stage rocket engine will propel the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites 5 and 6 to their orbital drop off points.

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Matt Steele and Brian Muzek enjoy “healthy competition” in October’s World Championship for Space ModelsModel rocket championships bring Aerojet Rocketdyne pros out to play

December 2021 – HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Rocket hobbyists are not to be confused with professional rocket scientists.

That is, of course, unless they’re one and the same.

“I get to do big rockets for my job and little rockets for fun,” said Matt Steele, a business development director for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Defense Business Unit, where rockets are serious business.

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Powered in part by Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 upper-stage engine, The Space Test Program (STP)-3 mission for the U.S. Space Force was successfully launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Dec. 7, 2021. Photo: ULAAerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Critical to the Longest Mission Duration of ULA’s Atlas V Rocket

Dec. 7, 2021 – Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 has been powering our nation’s space exploration and national security missions for more than half a century. One of the reasons this engine has stood the test of time is its incredible reliability and its extremely high performance.

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Angela CurryAR Team Member Angela Curry Recognized with Alumni of Achievement Award by UAH

December 2021 – Necessity is said to be a mother of invention. For Angela Curry, necessity was a mother of re-invention.

And, for that, she has been honored by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) as the 2021 Alumni of Achievement Award winner for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

“I have a passion for humanity and our society,” Angela said. “This is very humbling and an honor.”

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An Aerojet Rocketdyne team member works in the company’s avionics lab in Huntsville, Alabama.Powering Artemis: Huntsville’s RS-25 Avionics Team

November 2021 – Huntsville may be Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Defense Headquarters, but did you know the company’s Huntsville team also plays a vital role in developing the software for the controllers on those mega RS-25 engines that will power NASA’s Artemis Moon missions?

Originally developed as the main engines for the Space Shuttle, the adaptable RS-25 engines are scheduled to lift NASA’s newest exploration-class rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), as early as February 2022 for its inaugural, uncrewed mission to the Moon.

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Tanks made by Aerojet Rocketdyne’s subsidiary, ARDÉ, supply life support gasses onboard the International Space Station and inside astronaut EVA suits.Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Role in Keeping Astronauts Alive

November 2021 – Aside from a powerful launch vehicle to send them into space; a safe and dependable spacecraft to carry them to their destination; and high-tech equipment to support their mission, the one critical element astronauts need to keep them alive during a mission is a dependable life support system. ARDÉ, an Aerojet Rocketdyne subsidiary in Carlstadt, New Jersey, has helped sustain humanity’s ability to travel in space since the beginning of human spaceflight through the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, and the International Space Station. Development and production of vessels, or tanks, that store life-sustaining oxygen and nitrogen continues to this day at the ARDÉ facility, with several new designs having recently transitioned to production.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne AMF team member Stephen P., a member of the first Aerojet Rocketdyne – AIDT class Pre-Employment Training Program Paying Big Dividends for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Workforce

Oct. 25, 2021 – Aerojet Rocketdyne’s collaboration with the state of Alabama on a pre-employment training program to fill job openings at the company’s fast-growing Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) in the Rocket City has resulted in the hiring of more qualified, diverse and local job candidates.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Propels First-Ever Mission to Explore Trojan Asteroids

Oct. 16, 2021 - NASA launched the Lucy spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on October 16, 2021. Lucy is the first mission to study the Jupiter Trojan asteroids up close, and it is enabled by an extensive suite of Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion on both the launch vehicle and spacecraft.

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An Atlas V rocket launched the Landsat 9 spacecraft from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on September 27. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems supported the launch of the Atlas V and continue to support operation of the spacecraft. Photo: United Launch Alliance Aerojet Rocketdyne Systems Support Landsat 9 Launch and Operations

Mission launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket

Sept. 27, 2021 – Propulsion hardware supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne helped put America’s newest land imaging satellite into orbit and will play an ongoing role in mission operations.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) thruster recently completed development testing. Mission Critical AEPS Thruster Completes Development Testing for NASA’s Lunar Gateway

August 2021 – Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) thruster that will be employed on the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) for NASA’s international lunar Gateway recently completed development testing. The next milestone for the program will be the PPE Preliminary Design Review in October. Three 12 kilowatt (kW) AEPS thrusters will serve as the primary source of propulsion on the PPE to enable orbit transfer and in-space maneuvering.

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Graphic: Lockheed Martin Aerojet Rocketdyne to Propel Lucy on First-Ever Mission to Study Trojan Asteroids

July 2021 – NASA’s Lucy mission, named after the 3-million-year-old skeleton that gave scientists unparalleled insight into human evolution, will provide a glimpse into the formation of our solar system by studying the Trojan asteroids in Jupiter’s orbit when it launches later this year.

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Harrison J. and Daphne S., two of the college students that AR recently hired as former interns, standing in front of the AR Orange, Virginia site sign. From interns to employees: How two Aerojet Rocketdyne interns launched their careers with Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne is committed to developing meaningful internship experiences that foster educational and professional opportunities for college students. After all, a successful internship with Aerojet Rocketdyne is not only good for the individual; it’s also good for the industry as a whole. Developing and investing in future defense and space leaders is essential to advancing our nation’s defense and space programs as well as bolstering the next generation of industry professionals.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s next-generation medium-power Hall thruster firing for the first time in a vacuum chamber at the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Michigan.Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Demonstrates New Medium-Power Electric Propulsion Engine

June 2021 - Aerojet Rocketdyne recently began testing a newly developed, next-generation medium-power electric propulsion thruster under contract to the U.S. Space Force. The featured image shows the first firing of the second generation medium-power Hall thruster, which was designed to improve performance and affordability to meet in-space propulsion requirements.

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An Atlas V rocket launched the SBIRS GEO-5 satellite from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on May 18, 2021. The launch marked the first operational use of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine equipped with 3D-printed components. Credit: United Launch AllianceRL10 Notches Key 3D-Printing Milestone with Atlas V Launch

Launch of Modernized SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite Marks Key 3D Printing Milestone for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 Engine

Mission launched by United Launch Alliance

May 18, 2021 - Today’s successful launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket was supported by Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems from launch through in-space operations. The rocket launched the fifth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-5) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, for the U.S. Space Force. Additionally, the launch marked an important milestone for Aerojet Rocketdyne as it was the first operational use of an RL10 engine equipped with 3D-printed components.

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NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter on April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian day of its mission. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s MMRTG is visible, located at the aft end of the rover on the right side of the image. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSAerojet Rocketdyne’s MMRTG is Powering Perseverance Rover’s Mission on Mars

May 13, 2021 - After successfully landing on the surface of Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover is embarking on its two-year sample collection mission, powered by a generator provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne in collaboration with Teledyne Energy Systems and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. Designed and built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Perseverance rover’s mission is designed to search for evidence of ancient microbial life on the Martian surface.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is the sole propulsion provider for the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, providing all 28 rocket engines aboard and supporting the mission every step of the way.Propelled by Aerojet Rocketdyne, OSIRIS-REx and NASA's first ever asteroid sample are headed home

May 10, 2021 - The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is traveling millions of miles to bring back the first ever asteroid sample to Earth! The two-plus year journey back to Earth began for the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on May 10, and it will rely on Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion as part of its return cruise.

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The first core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is unloaded from the Pegasus barge at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 29, 2021The first core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is unloaded from the Pegasus barge at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 29, 2021

April 2021 - On March 18, 2021, four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines on the first Space Launch System (SLS) core stage ignited in unison and flawlessly executed a full-duration 499.6 second hot-fire test that simulated the profile of an actual SLS flight, including throttling and gimbaling sequences. This was the most challenging test to date for the SLS program and key to returning astronauts to the Moon and eventually sending them on to Mars.

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Perseverance Rover being lowered to the surface of Mars on February 18. Credit: NASA/JPLAerojet Rocketdyne Puts the AR in Mars

March 2021 - Getting to Mars takes propulsion systems of all shapes and sizes, but one thing they nearly all have in common is Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Beginning more than four decades ago with the Viking 1 and 2 orbiter/lander missions, NASA has relied on Aerojet Rocketdyne to propel its Mars missions – from launch, to landing and everything in between. These missions have ranged in scale from the 25-pound Mars Pathfinder rover, to the most recent visitor, the 2-ton Perseverance rover, and will continue with the even larger Mars Sample Return mission.

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Dwain H., Aerojet Rocketdyne Engineer at the Camden, Arkansas locationAerojet Rocketdyne Camden Engineer Making a Difference at Work and in the Community

Manufacturing Engineer Dwain H. knows Camden, Arkansas, better than many. He grew up here, raised by a father who exemplified the importance of strong family ties and hard work and a mother who demonstrated how to persevere during adversity. He was always curious, participating in many math and science fairs while growing up. He describes his drive to always “figure out how things worked and how I could make them work better” as what inspired him to become an engineer.

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Kendall D. is an award-winning engineer working for Aerojet Rocketdyne in Huntsville, Alabama.Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10 Engines Set Stage for SLS Evolution

NASA and Boeing recently completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) for NASA’s giant exploration rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The EUS will begin flying on the SLS Block 1B version to provide it with extra lifting power, in fact the SLS Block 1B has three times the lifting capability of current commercial vehicles.

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Kendall D. is an award-winning engineer working for Aerojet Rocketdyne in Huntsville, Alabama.Future Technology Leader Draws on Military Roots to Support Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Mission

Children of military families often choose to follow the path of their parents. Whether committing to public service or aiming to support the defense mission in other ways, the common thread is a sense of duty. Kendall D. is an award-winning engineer working for Aerojet Rocketdyne in Huntsville, Alabama. She grew up in Northern Virginia with her father who served in the Marine Corps for most of his life.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility in HuntsvilleGearing Up for SLS Green Run’s Main Event

The massive Artemis I core stage for the world’s most powerful rocket will roar to life for the first time in a matter of weeks. The test aims to last up to 8 minutes, the same amount of time the stage will operate to get NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to space.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility in HuntsvilleA Year Later, an Impeccable Safety Record and Marked Employment Growth at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AMF

August 2020: Huntsville, Ala. – In the year since Aerojet Rocketdyne officially opened its state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) near its Defense Headquarters here, the facility has increased its staffing three-fold and maintained an impeccable safety record.

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NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy works during a six-hour spacewalk to install three lithium-ion batteries on the International Space Station's truss structure. Credit: NASAInstallation of Aerojet Rocketdyne-Powered Batteries Completes Upgrade of International Space Station's Electrical Power System

July 2020: NASA recently completed the 3.5-year process of updating the International Space Station’s Electrical Power System (EPS) following installation of the final set of Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries. As part of the Boeing team, Aerojet Rocketdyne designed, built, tested and assembled the battery cores to the overall design, functions and apparatus provided by Boeing. The EPS upgrade involved replacing obsolete nickel hydrogen (Ni-H2) batteries with reliable, higher-efficiency Li-Ion batteries. The final set was installed by astronauts over 4 extra-vehicular activities (EVAs) in June and July.

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The Apollo service module was outfitted with four reaction control clusters around its circumference, each containing four R-4D thrusters.Aerojet Rocketdyne’s R-4D engine: From Apollo to Orion and beyond

Aerojet Rocketdyne will soon enter the foreign-dominated dual-mode apogee engine market, offering the only U.S.-manufactured dual mode apogee engine. The company will conduct a new qualification test program on its Dual Mode HiPAT™ engine under contract to Space and Missile System Center, Space Development Corps.

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Launch of the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter mission to study the Sun from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Feb. 9, 2020. Credits: Jared Frankle, NASA Solar Orbiter Social ParticipantCredits: Ball AerospaceSolar Orbiter Soars Thanks to Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion

Aerojet Rocketdyne delivered a major assist in the launch of a scientific probe that will study the Sun from as close as inside Mercury’s orbit.

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Animation of the DART Spacecraft approaching a small moon orbiting Asteroid Didymos. Photo Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics LabAerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion to Play Critical Role in Planetary Defense Asteroid Mission

The idea of an asteroid approaching and impacting the Earth may seem like a Hollywood plot that belongs on the silver screen, but the reality is that NASA is investing today in a planetary defense program that could prevent such a catastrophe in the future.

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Carried to orbit on a Ball Aerospace smallsat, the GPIM project will test an innovative, efficient alternative to toxic conventional chemical propellants. Credits: Ball AerospaceAerojet Rocketdyne Thruster System on NASA Green Propellant Infusion Mission Passes Major Test

The Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion system aboard NASA’s pioneering Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) completed checkout and the first series of flight test operations in October and November of 2019. Operating on an environmentally friendly propellant boasting lower toxicity and higher performance compared to traditional propulsion technologies, the system is performing as predicted.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne and Northrop Grumman representatives celebrate the 20,000th delivery milestone at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Dulles, VA.Aerojet Rocketdyne and Northrop Grumman representatives celebrate the 20,000th delivery milestone at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Dulles, VA.

DULLES, Virginia, December, 2019 – Aerojet Rocketdyne recently achieved a tremendous milestone with the delivery of its 20,000th rocket engine built at the company’s Redmond, Washington site. The engine – a 0.2 pound thrust MR-103G – was received by Northrop Grumman in Dulles, Virginia, on October 29.

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RS-25 core stage integrationDual RL10 Engine Centaur Debuts on Atlas V to Ensure Safe Launch of Astronauts to Low Earth Orbit

The Orbital Flight Test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft marks a key milestone in NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program. Scheduled to take place later this year, the historic flight also marks the debut of a Centaur upper stage powered by two RL10 engines on the Starliner Atlas V rocket.

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RS-25 core stage integrationRS-25 Engines Successfully Integrated with Space Launch System

Imagine! The ground rumbling, your heart pounding with excitement and then you see a wondrous sight, a bright orange rocket rising into the sky.  Thanks to the hard work by the NASA, Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne teams, we are one step closer to seeing that vision become a reality.

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MEV-1 approaching IS-901. Credit: Northrop GrummanAerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Helps Enable New Satellite Servicing Market

Northrop Grumman recently launched its first Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) with a number of Aerojet Rocketdyne electric and chemical engines onboard. MEVs have the ability to extend the mission life of satellites that have reached the end of their operational lifespan by taking over their attitude and orbit control.

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Apollo 50thAerojet Rocketdyne Celebrates Its Role on Historic Apollo 11 Mission; Return to Moon and Beyond

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic mission to land humans on the moon. On July 16, 1969 a Saturn V rocket powered by five Aerojet Rocketdyne F-1 engines, sent the Apollo 11 mission hurtling toward the Moon. Four days later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the Lunar surface; marking the occasion with Armstrong’s famous words: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Moon ReturnAerojet Rocketdyne Plays Critical Role in NASA’s 2024 Moon Return

June 2019 - NASA has laid the groundwork to return Americans to the Moon by 2024 and Aerojet Rocketdyne will be a critical contributor on multiple facets of the historic endeavor. Aerojet Rocketdyne was recently awarded a study by NASA to further investigate designs for a Lunar Transfer Vehicle under NASA’s new Artemis lunar exploration program, and also provides key systems for NASA’s SLS, Orion and Gateway programs.

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Jettison MotorJettison Motor Proves Launch Abort Capability for Orion Spacecraft

June 28, 2019 - NASA’s Orion Program will demonstrate a critical milestone on July 2 when it validates its Launch Abort System’s (LAS), including Aerojet Rocketdyne’s jettison motor, to ensure that the system can steer the Orion crew module and astronauts to safety in the event of an ascent anomaly.

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Symposium FloorMissing the 35th Annual Space Symposium?

April 8-11, 2019 - Visit Us Virtually at the 2019 Space Symposium.

Here are a few of the highlights from Aerojet Rocketdyne's Booth #118 presence and sponsorship of several symposium events.

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NASA's Lunar Gateway. Image courtesy of Sierra Nevada Corp.NASA's Lunar Exploration Plan Finds Aerojet Rocketdyne in the Driver's Seat

Aug. 17, 2018 - Getting to within striking distance of the moon is challenging enough, but if the ultimate objective is to achieve meaningful lunar exploration, getting there is only half the battle.

As the main- and upper-stage engine supplier for NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS), Aerojet Rocketdyne plays a prominent role in the first half of the equation. But the company also is integral to the second half: logistics in cislunar space and landing hardware on the lunar surface.

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Phantom ExpressAR-22 Holds Ticket to Routine Space Launch Operations

July 13, 2018 - The uncompromising demands of spaceflight have long challenged efforts to reuse launch vehicles at a frequency resembling conventional aircraft, but Aerojet Rocketdyne is poised to topple that barrier with its AR-22 engine.

As part of a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) effort to demonstrate a spaceplane capable of rapid turnaround operations, Aerojet Rocketdyne fired an AR-22 engine an unprecedented 10 times in 240 hours. Each of the tests, conducted June 26-July 6 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, ran 100 second durations or longer proving the flight profile of the Phantom Express Spaceplane is feasible with daily access to space.

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