Aerospace and Defense
Company Overview of Aerojet Rocketdyne
Aerojet Rocketdyne manufactures rocket engines. It offers propulsion products, including launch vehicles, missile defense, and hypersonic propulsions. Aerojet Rocketdyne was formerly known as Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc. As a result of acquisition of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc. by GenCorp Inc., Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc's name was changed. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Canoga Park, California. As of June 14, 2013, Aerojet Rocketdyne operates as a subsidiary of GenCorp Inc.
6633 Canoga Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91309
Founded in 2005
Key Executives for Aerojet Rocketdyne
Vice President of Finance
Senior Vice President of Enterprise Operations and Engineering
Senior Vice President of Advanced Programs & Business Development
Vice President and Program Manager of PWR J-2X
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Key Developments
Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. Wins $12,566,969 Federal Contract
Feb 26 14
Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. was awarded a $12,566,969 federal contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for 114 Hawk rocket motors for Jordan and 186 for Egypt.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports Navigation Satellite Launch for U.S. Military
Feb 21 14
Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully propelled the fifth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF military navigation satellite into orbit. The GPS IIF-5 satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida by a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion included an RS-68 booster engine, an RL10B-2 upper-stage engine and multiple spacecraft attitude control thrusters. During launch, the rocket was boosted off the pad by the RS-68 engine, with 758,000 pounds of vacuum thrust and 663,000 pounds of sea-level thrust. A single RL10B-2 engine delivers 24,750 pounds of thrust to power the upper stage, powered by cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants. For more than 50 years, the RL10 has been one of the United States' most reliable upper-stage engines, accumulating one of the most impressive lists of accomplishments in the history of space propulsion. It has played an integral role in placing numerous military, government and commercial satellites into orbit, and powering space-probe missions to nearly every planet in the solar system. Twelve Aerojet Rocketdyne monopropellant (hydrazine) thrusters in four modules on the Delta IV upper stage provided roll, pitch and yaw control as well as settling burns for the upper stage main engine. The GPS satellite, built by The Boeing Company in El Segundo, Calif., includes a pair of Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems which will be used periodically to restore the satellites to their designated orbits and to eventually decommission them. The IIFs are designed to improve navigational accuracy for civil, commercial and defense applications worldwide. They feature more capability and improved mission performance, including predicted signal accuracy that is two times greater than heritage satellites; a 12-year lifespan that provides longer service and reduced operating costs; and a military signal that has better resistance to jamming in hostile conflict areas.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests the Large Class Second Stage Motor for the United States Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
Feb 12 14
Aerojet Rocketdyne announced that its Large Class 92" diameter second stage solid rocket motor was successfully tested at simulated altitude conditions at the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex (AEDC) at Arnold AFB, Tenn. The Large Class second stage was designed, fabricated and tested by Aerojet Rocketdyne for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill AFB, Utah, under a demonstration contract which required use of available technologies applicable to multiple future common strategic propulsion systems. Aerojet Rocketdyne leveraged the contract to sustain and improve the solid rocket motor industrial base, a critical national need recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The company's Rocket Shop(SM) staff created a stage design capable of being fielded for 35 years, a significant improvement over currently fielded ground-based systems. Affordability features were integrated into the design, including the use of low-cost propellant common to the solid rocket boosters already in production, and a domestically sourced nozzle exit cone material. The motor case was designed and fabricated at the General Dynamics facility in Lincoln, Neb., using domestically sourced carbon fiber. The thrust vector actuation system was fabricated by Honeywell Aerospace in Tempe, Ariz. Aerojet Rocketdyne cast the motor and assembled the stage at its facility in Sacramento, Calif., using facilities optimized for affordable production. The test was developed and executed at AEDC in conjunction with the Aerospace Testing Alliance, the test facility's operating contractor.
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