Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s Space Shuttle Main Engines Launch Astronauts for Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission
“We are incredibly proud to be part of this milestone mission both for Space Shuttle Atlantis and for the remarkable Hubble, whose discoveries have forever changed our knowledge of the universe,” said
Atlantis is carrying two new instruments to the Hubble, in addition to a replacement targeting camera, six new gyroscopes, and batteries to allow the telescope to continue to function through 2013. Astronauts will also install a new thermal blanket layer to provide improved insulation, and a mechanism to help in the safe de-orbiting of the spacecraft by an unmanned spacecraft at the end of its operational lifespan.
STS-125 marks the 30th flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis, the last planned manned mission to the space telescope, and the final flight of a space shuttle not related to the assembly of the International Space Station. PWR also powered Hubble’s previous servicing missions: STS-61, STS-82, STS-103 and STS-109
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., 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 the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.
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
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