One of the BE-4 modules destroyed during test fire at Blue Origin facility in Texas

Module containing high efficient turbo pumps installed in BE-4 engine was subject of failure during last test fire of this engine performed at Van Horn test facility belonging to Blue Origin – manufacturer and designer of BE-4. Blue Origin offers BE-4 as main engine for United Launch Alliance future Vulcan rocket and also is planning […]

Echostar-19 delivered to GTO orbit by Atlas V

Yesterday Atlas V (431) rocket operated by United Launch Alliance delivered to orbit fifth Echostar satellite in its history. Echostar-19 was deployed on Super-Synchronous Orbit and will start to operate and provide HughesNet service as soon as it reach GTO orbit with altitude of 35880 km. After 138 launches it should not be surprising – […]

MUOS-5 after reaching designated orbit entered yesterday in test phase

U.S. Navy communication satellite MUOS-5 finally reached its designated orbit after prolonged maneuver. Extended time necessary for reaching orbital position was caused by previous problems with main propulsion of MUOS-5. Engineers from Lockheed Martin (main contractor for MUOS-5) and U.S. Navy decided to use instead main IHI BT-4, additional thrusters used for attitude control system. […]

ULA Selects Engine to Power the Upper Stage of its Next Generation of Vulcan Rockets

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has chosen the RL10 engine produced by Aerojet Rocketdyne to power the upper stage of the company’s next generation Vulcan rocket. ULA released a statement on May 11, and they revealed that they would use the RL10C-X variant of the RL10 engine to power the new Vulcan rockets.  Aerojet Rocketdyne […]

Aerojet Rocketdyne finishes hot fire tests of electric propulsion system

Aerojet Rocketdyne managed to conduct successfully hot fire test on a Power Processing Unit (PPU). According to official statement given by Aerojet Rocketdyne on July, 6, it was in fact series of test performed at  NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. According to  Julie Van Kleeck, vice president of advanced space and launch programs and strategy […]

Aerojet Rocketdyne still in game for Vulcan engine contract

According to Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, Aerojet Rocketdyne with their AR1 engine still has a chance to win battle for contract with its main competitor – Blue origin offering their BE-4 engine. It is truth that more often we can hear voices, that BE-4 is rather potential winner, as process of the development of […]

Green fuel inside Cubesat satellite under contract for Aerojet Rocketdyne

  Aerojet Rocketdyne was granted with contract to develop first Cubesat satellite fueled with ecological and safe next generation rocket fuel. Public-private partnership between NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne was announced in January 2016 and now it was confirmed with appropriate contract. MPS-130 propulsion system fueled with new AF-M315E fuel will be developed by AR for NASA. […]