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2012-04-17 02:20:40

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has delivered the 50th Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) to United Launch Alliance (ULA) in support of the Atlas V launch vehicle. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120417/SF88691) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120112/SF34677LOGO) The 50th-delivered SRB, along with two additional boosters, is scheduled to help launch a future mission in 2013. Aerojet won the...

2012-03-15 07:41:33

A sub-scale solid rocket motor designed to mimic NASA's Space Launch System, or SLS, booster design successfully was tested today by engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The 20-second firing tested new insulation materials on the 24-inch-diameter, 109-inch-long motor. The motor is a scaled down, low-cost replica of the solid rocket motors that will boost SLS off the launch pad. Marshall is leading the design and development of the SLS on behalf of the...

2012-03-14 14:24:00

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A sub-scale solid rocket motor designed to mimic NASA's Space Launch System, or SLS, booster design successfully was tested today by engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The 20-second firing tested new insulation materials on the 24-inch-diameter, 109-inch-long motor. The motor is a scaled down, low-cost replica of the solid rocket motors that will boost SLS off the launch pad. (Logo:...

2011-08-05 15:30:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced its key role in the successful launch of United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying NASA's Juno spacecraft on a mission toward Jupiter. Launching in a 551 configuration, Aerojet provided 1.9 million lbs. of liftoff thrust from five solid rocket boosters (SRBs), eight retro-rockets for the Centaur separation from the Atlas common core booster, 12 reaction...

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2011-06-16 08:40:00

NASA workers at the Kennedy Space Center fueled up the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday in a key test ahead of its July 8 scheduled launch of the final shuttle flight. Even though the shuttle launch is still weeks away, shuttle managers want to make sure that repairs to the external fuel tank are good and that no cracks pop up in any of the support brackets. The test was added after structural problems were discovered last year on a tank later used in the February launch of the shuttle...

2011-05-16 08:54:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK's (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRMs) supported the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour today as they ignited at 8:56 a.m. EDT sending her crew on their 11-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). A piece of history also launched on this flight as one of the cases on the left booster was previously used on STS-49, Endeavour's first flight. The recovery and reuse of boosters after each flight...

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2011-03-20 11:40:00

For the first time, NASA has released high-definition video taken during the retrieval of solid rocket booster segments from the Atlantic Ocean. The solid rocket boosters provided 144 million horsepower of thrust for the final launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission. After each shuttle launch, crew members of the Liberty Star and Freedom Star retrieval ships pull the spent boosters out of the ocean and return them to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida....

2011-02-11 07:00:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) Aerospace Systems was honored to be selected as recipient of NASA's George M. Low 2010 award for its quality and performance on multiple NASA contracts. This selection makes the fourth time the company has been chosen for this prestigious award. The George M. Low Award is NASA's premier quality and performance award for its prime and subcontractors. This award program recognizes large and small businesses that...

2010-12-01 09:24:20

NASA has signed a $42.1 million contract modification to space shuttle reusable solid rocket motor manufacturer ATK Launch Systems Inc. of Brigham City, Utah, to provide continued prelaunch through postlaunch support from Oct. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2011. The modification is based on an extension to the current Space Shuttle Program launch schedule, which shifted the last two scheduled missions into fiscal year 2011. The extension also covers the completion of contract activities...

2010-10-27 07:00:00

PROMONTORY, Utah, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Data from the second successful five segment Development Motor (DM-2) test conducted by ATK (NYSE: ATK) and NASA show that the new motor performed precisely as designed, providing substantially higher performance and reliability than the heritage space shuttle solid rocket booster at a lower cost. "These extensive test results confirm the ATK five segment Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) is ready for flight testing," said Charlie Precourt, vice president...