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Rocket engine scores a ’10’ in test for space plane

A rocket engine built from spare space shuttle parts — and the team behind the engine — passed a grueling 10-day, 10-firing test that sets the stage for Boeing’s Phantom Express military space plane. “We scored a perfect 10 last week,” … Continue reading

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Aerojet engine wins a place on Vulcan rocket

United Launch Alliance has chosen Aerojet Rocketdyne over Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture to provide the upper-stage rocket engine for its next-generation Vulcan launch vehicle. But the suspense continues in the bigger contest to provide the more powerful first-stage engines. Aerojet’s RL10 … Continue reading

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Dormant thrusters on Voyager work after 37 years

Imagine you had a car sitting in storage since 1980, and suddenly you needed to start it up. Now imagine that it revs up like a charm as soon as you turn the key. That’s the scenario NASA is using … Continue reading

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Aerojet engineers win accolades from NASA

REDMOND, Wash. — One of NASA’s most celebrated awards was handed out today, but it didn’t go to an astronaut. Instead, it was an astronaut who was doing the handing out. The Silver Snoopy Award winner was the one holding a … Continue reading

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How the ion drive will blaze a trail to asteroid

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s next-generation ion thrusters could well make their debut in space during NASA’s robotic mission to grab a piece of an asteroid and bring it back to lunar orbit in the 2020s. Earlier this week, NASA announced that Aerojet’s operation in Redmond, Wash., would … Continue reading

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Aerojet wins $67M NASA contract for ion drive

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s operation in Redmond, Wash., has won a $67 million contract from NASA to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that could power future trips to an asteroid and Mars. The goal of the 36-month project is … Continue reading

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ULA’s chief sizes up the rocket engine race

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – United Launch Alliance’s president and CEO, Tory Bruno, is facing a 2019 deadline from Congress to come up with a made-in-the-USA replacement for the Russian-built rocket engines currently used on ULA’s workhorse Atlas 5 launch vehicle. But … Continue reading

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