Starting more than 40 years ago with the Apollo program, Aerojet Rocketdyne has built more than 700 R-4D engines that have compiled a record of 100 percent mission success. Variants of the R-4D have played critical roles in orbit-raising maneuvers for commercial satellites, as well as assisting NASA in exploring the solar system aboard spacecraft such as Cassini, which investigated Saturn and its moons."Successful acceptance testing of the auxiliary engines brings us one step closer to enabling human exploration well beyond low-Earth orbit," said Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Orion vice president and program manager. In addition to providing propulsion for the ESM, Aerojet Rocketdyne also supplies twelve 160-pound-thrust monopropellant engines for the Orion crew module's reaction control system and the jettison motor that is instrumental in separating the launch abort system from the crew module to keep astronauts safe should a problem arise during launch. Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.
Contact:Glenn Mahone, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 202-302-9941Glenn.Mahone@Rocket.comMary Engola, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 571-289-1371Mary.Engola@Rocket.com