The CM RCS utilizes Aerojet MR-104G 160-lbf thrust monopropellant engines. The MR-104 engine family originally provided in-space propulsion for the Voyager 1 and 2 and Magellan missions. Subsequent MR-104 variants provided propulsion for NOAA's Landsat program, as well as other U.S. government programs.
Aerojet performed the jettison motor and CM RCS work under contract with NASA's Orion prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT).
The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently in development, is an advanced capsule design utilizing state-of-the-art technology that will allow humans to travel beyond low-Earth orbit on future missions to destinations such as asteroids, Lagrange Points, the moon and, someday, Mars. The LAS design, using an Aerojet jettison motor, is a key element to NASA's continuing efforts to improve astronaut safety as the agency develops this next generation of spacecraft.
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