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November 27, 2015 6:53 AM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.

Company Overview

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

United States

Founded in 1942





Key Executives for Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 60
Chief Executive Officer of Gencorp, President of Gencorp and Director of Gencorp
Age: 64
Chief Information Officer and Vice President
Age: 51
Vice President of Business Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. Key Developments

Aerojet Rocketdyne Receives Contract from NASA to Restart Production of the Rs-25 Engine for the Space Launch System

Aerojet Rocketdyne was awarded a contract by NASA to restart production of the RS-25 engine for the Space Launch System (SLS), the powerful rocket in the world and designed for the Journey to Mars. The $1.16 billion contract, which runs from November 2015 through September 30, 2024, is to restart the production line for the RS-25 engine. These production lines have been significantly improved and made more efficient since the retirement of the space shuttle program. Aerojet Rocketdyne is the prime contractor for the RS-25, and four of these engines will fly on the bottom of the core stage of the SLS rocket, together producing more than two million pounds of thrust. The first flight test of the SLS is slated for 2018, and it will be configured for a 70-metric-ton lift capacity and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft. As SLS evolves, it will be the most powerful rocket ever built and provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons. The RS-25 engines designed under this new contract will be expendable with significant affordability improvements over previous versions. The new engines will incorporate simplified, yet highly reliable, designs to reduce manufacturing time and cost.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Signs Contract with Boeing Valued Nearly $200 Million That Supports New Era of Spaceflight for America

Aerojet Rocketdyne has signed a contract with Boeing valued at nearly $200 million that supports a new era of spaceflight one that will carry humans to the International Space Station from American soil. Under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) subcontract to Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne is completing the design, development, qualification, certification and initial production of the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner service module propulsion system. A CST-100 Starliner partner and team member since 2010, Aerojet Rocketdyne's work continues the development of the service module and launch abort propulsion system from prior commercial crew contracts with Boeing. Under the CCtCap contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will provide seven shipsets of hardware with options for additional shipsets. Each production hardware shipset will include four Launch Abort Engines (LAEs), 24 Orbital Maneuvering and Attitude Control (OMAC) engines, 28 Reaction Control System (RCS) engines, 164 valves, 12 tanks and more than 500 feet of ducts, lines and tubing. Boeing will assemble hardware kits into the service module section of the CST-100 spacecraft at its Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA'sKennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet Rocketdyne also provides hardware supporting the Qualification Test Vehicle; Service Module hot fire testing, which will take place at White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico; the orbital flight test, which will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida; and Pad Abort testing, which will occur at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The CST-100 is scheduled to deliver astronauts to the ISS for NASA, beginning in 2017. The Starliner service module propulsion system provides integrated launch abort capability on the pad and during ascent, along with all propulsion needs during a nominal flight -- from launch vehicle separation, docking and undocking from the ISS, and through separation of the crew and service modules when the spacecraft begins to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. During re-entry, the crew module propulsion is then provided by monopropellant thrusters from Aerojet Rocketdyne manufactured at its facility in Redmond, Washington. The Starliner abort propulsion system is designed to quickly push a crew capsule toward safety if an abort is necessary. If unused for an abort, the propellant is then used to complete the spacecraft's nominal mission. The Starliner service module propulsion system includes 40,000-pound thrust launch abort engines used only in an abort, 1,500-pound thrust class OMAC engines that provide low-altitude launch abort attitude control, maneuvering and stage-separation functions, high-altitude direct abort capability and large orbital maneuvers, and 28 100-pound thrust class RCS engines that provide high-altitude abort attitude control, on-orbit low delta-v maneuvering function and space station re-boost capability.

Aerojet Weighs Higher Offer For United Launch Alliance

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. is considering raising its $2 billion offer for United Launch Alliance, LLC but faces big hurdles after a public rejection of the bid last week, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

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