Space Shuttle heritage – RS-25 flight engine testing started

RS-25 engine which was used during five Space Shuttle missions backs in style. NASA started planned firing tests of flight engines for SLS. Space Launch System, new NASA rocket for manned missions, will inherit something from last truly outstanding NASA project. It was the propulsion – first reusable rocket engine in history – Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25. Engine entered […]

U.S. Air Force strong support for ULA

U.S. Air Force decided to give strong financial support for United Launch Alliance under public-private partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. Perspective of new rocket engine fully made in America is getting close. Yesterday, on 29 February 2016 it was announced that U.S. Air Force chosen Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. and United Launch Alliance to […]

NASA looking for new electric propulsion

In the focus of attention of every space agency with plans of deep space exploration is developing new types of engines. New propulsion, less limited with amount of fuel, is necessary if any kind of human Mars mission is concerned. Aerojet Rocketdyne announced today that won NASA contract, worth $2.5 million, for developing program of new […]

Orbital ATK and SpaceX awarded with contracts for EELV propulsion

US Air Force decided about awarding Orbital ATK and SpaceX with contracts for new propulsion for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). New technologies are closing. After decision of continuing developing American made engine for future launch vehicles, new funds were again assigned. After awarding Aerojet Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman and Orbital ATK (You can read more here and here) just […]

New green propulsion for Cubesat satellites

Cubesat satellites are conquering space market and are sign of changes in approach to space services. Not without a reason – their potential is still increasing. NASA announced about their new public-private partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne for developing new propulsion system for satellites. It would not be surprising fact – NASA is space agency and sometimes it […]

Next funds for new American rocket engine granted

New grants are answer for demand of the US Air Force for American made and comparable with RD-180 rocket engine.  In spite of fact that ULA was allowed to finalize its order for RD-180 engines, US Air Force is still considering to stimulate development of American construction which will be comparative to Russian engines. New budget […]

Stratolaunch without final conception

Stratolaunch, competitive project to Virgin SpaceShipTwo or more to LauncherOne, after almost five years of development probably will change its final shape. It is possible that Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder and founder of Vulcan Inc. and Stratolaunch Systems) will be forced to reinstall engines back into his two Boeing 747 from picture above. Conception of […]

Space Launch System got propulsion – Aerojet Rocketdyne awarded with contract

Aerojet Rocketdyne will provide engines for new NASA rocket – Space Launch System. NASA is still on schedule with their new heavy rocket (about SLS program You can read here). Lately (on 23 November 2015) it was announced that specified engine was chosen as main propulsion for Space Launch System. It seems that new launch system, […]

Red Planet under inspection – InSight mission launch planned on 4th March 2016

NASA mission under InSight Mars lander program.  Payload are InSight lander and two small satellites MARCO (dimensions of satellite are 36,6×24,3×11,8 cm) providing future communication with lander. ATLAS V will start from Vandenberg with two satellites MARCO A and MARCO B. InSight backronym stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is NASA mission targeted for […]