Aerojet Motor Plays Key Role in Successful Blue Origin Pad Escape Test

Aerojet Motor Plays Key Role in Successful Blue Origin Pad Escape Test

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet, a GenCorp
(NYSE:GY) company, announced today that its Blue Origin Crew Capsule Escape
Solid Rocket Motor (CCE SRM) was part of a successful Pad Escape Test
conducted by Blue Origin on Oct. 19 at its West Texas Launch Site.

Aerojet has worked closely with the Blue Origin team in the design and testing
of the first of its kind pusher escape system which provides for crew escape
in the event of an emergency during any phase of ascent of the Blue Origin New
Shepard suborbital launch system.

"Aerojet is proud to be a partner with Blue Origin and contribute to the
program's success by applying proven affordable propulsion technologies that
meet their unique mission requirements," said Aerojet's Vice President of
Tactical Systems, John Myers.

The Aerojet CCE SRM provided thrust to separate the Crew Capsule from a launch
vehicle simulator, while the thrust vector control (TVC) system, designed and
manufactured by Blue Origin, steered the vehicle through the required
maneuvers during motor operation. Ground tests of the CCE SRM were conducted
at Aerojet's Camden, Ark., facility.

"Aerojet's motor performed beautifully during our pad escape test," said
President and Program Manager of Blue Origin, Rob Meyerson. "Many thanks to
the Aerojet team for all the hard work in developing this new motor."

The Pad Escape Test was conducted under the Commercial Crew Development
(CCDev2) program with NASA.

About Aerojet

Aerojet is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing
propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic, tactical
missile and armaments areas in support of domestic and international markets.
GenCorp is a leading technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense
products and systems with a real estate segment that includes activities
related to the entitlement, sale, and leasing of the company's excess real
estate assets. Additional information about Aerojet and GenCorp can be
obtained by visiting the companies' websites at and at

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About Blue Origin

Blue Origin, LLC (Blue Origin) is a private company developing vehicles and
technologies to enable commercial human space transportation. Blue Origin has
a long-term vision of greatly increasing the number of people that fly into
space through low-cost, highly reliable commercial space transportation. For
more information, please visit

CONTACT: Glenn Mahone, Aerojet, 202.302.9941
         Kristin Conner, Aerojet, 916.355.2143

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