ATK and AFRL Successfully Test Development Motor for Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology Program:
“MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base have successfully tested a developmental solid rocket motor — designated Phase II — as part of the Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT) program.
“The IHPRPT program is a research and development initiative for government and industry designed to improve U.S. solid rocket propulsion systems for multiple applications. The program helps keep the nation on the cutting edge of solid rocket motor technology to ensure that U.S. defense systems have the highest performing, most cost effective propulsion capabilities.”
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NASA Awards Construction Contract for Rocket Engine Testing:
“WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA signed a contract Thursday with American Tank and Vessel Inc. of Mobile, Ala., for the installation of a test cell diffuser and associated systems in the A-3 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract’s value is not to exceed $45 million.”
Aerojet Fires Advanced Development Roll Control Thruster Targeted for Ares I Application:
“The Ares Roll Control System Advanced Development Program was awarded in the spring of 2007 for development based on Aerojet‘s heritage MR-80 600 lbf-class monopropellant rocket engine. The MR80 had previously flown on the NASA Viking missions to Mars, where it provided throttling of greater than 70:1 for a terminal descent and soft landing. The thruster was redesigned for pulsing application with the new valve and Aerojet also implemented a series of product improvements to reduce the recurring unit costs of the engines. The design improvements were obtained using the Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFMA) process which is part of Aerojet’s overall Operational Excellence initiative.”