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2010-03-04 22:42:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Two Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines helped boost the last in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, designated GOES-P, into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., today to help meteorologists monitor severe weather while improving the daily forecast. It will also provide early warning of solar disturbances that disrupt communications, navigation and power systems on earth. Pratt & Whitney...

2010-02-10 15:51:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has completed the initial step in certifying the RS-68A rocket engine by successfully hot-fire testing the first certification engine. The RS-68A is an upgrade of the RS-68, a liquid-hydrogen/liquid-oxygen booster engine that will provide increased thrust and improved fuel efficiency for the Delta IV family of launch vehicles. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. "The...

2009-12-15 11:19:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has received the 2009 Large Business Prime Contractor Excellence Award from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. The award was presented to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne during the recent annual Marshall Space Flight Center Industry & Advocates Award Ceremony held at the Davidson Center for Space...

2009-12-14 11:20:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne helped boost NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite into orbit on a mission designed to survey the entire sky at infrared wavelengths in search of stars, galaxies and asteroids. The mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and used a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A engine. This marked the 234th flight boosted by the RS-27...

2009-12-11 14:00:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force X-51A WaveRider vehicle yesterday successfully made its first captive carry flight under the wing of a B-52 carry aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The X-51A is powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. The X-51A is expected to demonstrate hypersonic flight up to six times the speed of sound in test flights beginning early next year. The X-51A program is a...

2009-12-11 11:26:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the opening of the new PoWeR Innovations Research facility on the campus of University of Alabama in Huntsville, Ala, on Dec. 9. The facility is part of a collaborative effort designed to develop new technologies and business strategies for both the company and the university. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. "We believe that combining Pratt &...

2009-12-07 11:14:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne helped boost into orbit the third in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites designed to increase communications capabilities for the U.S. Department of Defense. The mission launched Dec. 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium+ rocket with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 and RL10 engines providing the booster and upper stage...

2009-11-17 13:17:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Using technology developed for the nation's ballistic missile defense system, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed hot-fire thruster tests demonstrating the ability of miniaturized thrusters to perform the descent and landing operation for a new generation of multi-use robotic lunar landers. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. These tests were part of a series of risk...

2009-11-05 15:00:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to the nation's need for affordable clean-coal technology, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today celebrated the commissioning of a compact gasification pilot plant in Illinois designed to help lower energy costs, provide a clean alternative fuel source and strengthen U.S. energy security. The pilot plant is the first step toward global commercialization of the innovative technology. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United...

2009-10-28 11:45:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully demonstrated its ability to provide rocket stability using heritage U.S. Air Force Peacekeeper missile system hardware during NASA's first Ares l-X test flight today from Kennedy Space Center. The Ares l-X successfully rolled 90 degrees to mimic the orientation that the Ares I rocket will use, and is another step forward in Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's cooperative effort with NASA to...