Aerospace and Defense
Company Overview of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. provides propulsion and energetics to space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile, and armament areas worldwide. The company engages in the development and manufacture of aerospace propulsion systems; precision tactical weapon systems; and armament systems, including warhead and munitions applications. It offers technology power systems for terrestrial and space applications; space and launch systems, such as launch vehicles, space propulsion systems, human space systems, and others; missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems, and air breathing systems; aerospace components; and specialty metal components for munitions, commercial products, and s...
2001 Aerojet Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742-6418
Founded in 1942
Key Executives for Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer and President
Chief Executive Officer of Gencorp, President of Gencorp and Director of Gencorp
Chief Information Officer and Vice President
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. Key Developments
Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes its Latest Acceptance Test on Liquid-Fueled RS-68A Booster Engine
Jul 15 16
Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed its latest acceptance test on a liquid-fueled RS-68A booster engine. The RS-68A is used to power United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV launch vehicle. The routine three-minute hot-fire test was conducted by the company’s Center of Excellence for Large Liquid Rocket Engine Assembly and Test located at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. This is Aerojet Rocketdyne’s 119th hot-fire test on the production model of the RS-68 engine family, highlighting the rigorous testing regimen that the company has perfected during its half-century of operations at Stennis.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. Realigns Space and Defense Organizations; Appoints Warren Lichtenstein as Executive Chairman
Jun 27 16
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. announced a significant reorganization, consolidating the company’s six business units into two – Space and Defense. The senior vice presidents of Space and Defense will be named at a later date and will report directly to CEO and President Eileen Drake. In the interim, the Space organization will report to Drake, and the Defense organization will report to COO Mark Tucker. a key aspect of the alignment is placing Aerojet Rocketdyne’s newly formed Defense Business Unit headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama, along with the company’s Defense Advanced Programs, known as the Rocket Shop. These moves are designed to build upon Aerojet Rocketdyne’s existing presence near major customers in Huntsville such as the Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Army, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon. The newly formed Space Business Unit will continue to be supported by different Aerojet Rocketdyne sites throughout the country, based upon program needs and core competencies.
The company announced that as a part of this reorganization, the Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors appointed Warren Lichtenstein as executive chairman of the company, formalizing his role and recognizing his ongoing contributions since being appointed Chairman of the Board in 2013. Lichtenstein has been instrumental in guiding strategic direction, capital allocation, financing, and merger & acquisition activity, including the acquisition of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2013.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Supports Launch and Flight of U.S. Navy’s Fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) Satellite
Jun 24 16
Aerojet Rocketdyne played a critical role in the successful placement of the U.S. Navy's fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) secure, tactical communications satellite into orbit. This mission was launched on June 24 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion included an RL10C-1 upper-stage engine, five Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), six helium pressurization tanks and a dozen Centaur upper-stage thrusters used for roll, pitch, yaw and settling burns. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s role in the launch began during liftoff when five SRBs ignited to provide nearly 1.9 million pounds of total increased thrust to launch the Atlas V rocket – enough power to help push the rocket nearly 24 times the speed of an Indy 500 race car. (Each 67-foot-long, five-foot wide composite motor case contains more than 90,000 pounds of propellant, providing more than 375,000 pounds of liftoff thrust.) All Atlas V launches requiring extra boost have flown Aerojet Rocketdyne SRBs. After separation of the first stage, a single RL10C-1 upper-stage engine ignited to place the payload into orbit, helped by the Centaur thrusters and pressurization tanks. The RL10C-1 engine delivers 22,890 pounds of thrust to power the Atlas V upper stage, using cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants during its operation. ARDÉ, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne based in New Jersey, provides the pressure vessels on the first and second stages on the launch vehicle. In addition to the five SRBs and upper-stage engine, 12 Aerojet Rocketdyne 5-lbf monopropellant hydrazine thrusters in four modules on the Atlas V Centaur upper stage provided roll, pitch and yaw control as well as settling burns for the upper-stage main engine. Once separated from the launch vehicle, the MUOS-5 satellite has 18 Aerojet Rocketdyne monopropellant hydrazine thrusters onboard: 12 MR-103G 0.2-lbf thrusters and six MR-106L 5-lbf thrusters. The thrusters on the satellite provide station keeping, three-axis control and spin control on the reaction wheels throughout the 15+ years of the mission. They also provide attitude control and settling burns during orbit raising, as well as the impulse needed for final decommissioning of the satellite.
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