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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Centaur upper stage powered by two RL10 enginesDual 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

August 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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NASA Mission InSight Launched Saturday, May 5, 2018. Photo courtesy of NASA.Aerojet Rocketdyne Puts the AR in Mars

June 15, 2018 - 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 Mars Science Laboratory’s 1-ton Curiosity rover.

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