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2012-02-25 09:44:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne once again demonstrated the consistent reliability of its propulsion systems by successfully powering the Centaur upper-stage rocket on its 200th mission and placing the first in a series of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications satellites for the U.S. Navy into orbit. The payload launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The...

2012-02-15 21:34:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the first in a series of powerpack hot-fire tests on the J-2X engine, which is being developed for NASA to power humans further into space than ever before. Powerpack tests are designed to evaluate the full range of operating conditions of the engine's components during flight. NASA selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the Space Launch System (SLS) - an...

2012-01-19 19:42:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne demonstrated the consistent reliability of its propulsion systems by successfully boosting the fourth in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites to increase communications capabilities for the U.S. Department of Defense. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium rocket with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 and...

2011-11-26 10:39:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne demonstrated the consistent reliability of its power and propulsion systems by successfully boosting the Mars Science Laboratory rover, which will travel to the red planet to assess its habitability. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V is powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 booster engine, and the Centaur upper stage is...

2011-11-10 13:33:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NASA successfully completed a 500-second duration hot-fire test on NASA's J-2X engine, a key step in demonstrating the propulsion system's ability to power humans further into space than ever before. NASA selected the J-2X as an upper-stage engine for the Space Launch System (SLS) -- an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company,...

2011-10-31 12:22:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a $14 million contract to test new liquid-propulsion technologies that could be used to help intercept incoming ballistic missiles. The tests, using a liquid Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS), are designed to enhance performance and reduce technological risks associated with the SM-3 Block IIB missile. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies...

2011-10-28 10:18:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne demonstrated its continued support of NASA and the scientific community by successfully boosting the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP), which will be used to collect data on atmospheric and sea-surface temperatures. The mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with a Pratt...

2011-10-25 15:09:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor successfully positioned missile defense interceptors to simultaneously destroy two short-range ballistic missile targets in a demonstration of the weapon system's ability to help protect troops and other U.S. interests around the world. The THAAD operational test was conducted by the Ballistic Missile...

2011-10-03 11:06:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has received a contract from SolarReserve to supply critical hardware for its first commercial-scale power tower project with fully integrated energy storage. The 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, to be built near Tonopah, Nevada, will use molten salt thermal energy storage technology to provide clean, reliable electricity to about 75,000 homes during peak hours, even when the sun is no longer...

2011-09-22 12:05:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In an impressive display of power and technology, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on the certified RS-68A engine, the world's most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine. The tests demonstrated the capability of the engine to operate for 4,800 seconds of cumulative run time - four times the design life of the engine and more than 10 times what's needed to boost a United Launch Alliance heavy-lift...