Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Boosts Modernized Navigation Satellite into Orbit

 Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Boosts Modernized Navigation Satellite into Orbit

PR Newswire

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Oct. 4, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --A powerful roar rumbled
across Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne successfully boosted the third Global Positioning System (GPS)
Block IIF military navigation satellite into orbit. The mission launched from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta
IV rocket with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's RS-68 and RL10B-2 engines
providing booster and upper-stage propulsion, respectively. Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

The Block IIF is the third in a series of 12 new GPS satellites designed to
improve navigational accuracy for civil, commercial and defense applications
worldwide. Block IIF features 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.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider
of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used
in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including engines
for launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.
Behind its successful designs, manufacturing processes, and hardware are Pratt
& Whitney Rocketdyne's research and development engineers, who solve tough
problems in extreme environments. For more information, go to Follow us at and

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of
aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United
Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing
high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial
building industries.

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Contact: Erin Dick, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, +1-818-586-4977, or Carri Karuhn,Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne,
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