Aerojet Rocketdyne completes development testing for Boeing spacecraft system

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Rancho Cordova-based GenCorp, says it has completed development testing of an engine for a key system for a Boeing Co. low-Earth orbit spacecraft.

The local company tested its Launch Abort Engine for a “pusher” launch abort system on Boeing’s CST-100.

Officials said the Launch Abort Engine is a key component of the in-development craft for commercial crew transportation to low-Earth orbit. A pusher launch abort system “pushes” a spacecraft toward safety if a launch abort is required. If not used for launch abort, propellant can be used for other functions.

“In the past several weeks, the Aerojet Rocketdyne team conducted a series of eight tests on two Launch Abort Engines meeting or exceeding all test parameters,” said Terry Lorier, Aerojet Rocketdyne program manager.

The tests were conducted at a facility near Mojave, with each engine operating at its maximum thrust of 39,000 pounds.

Lorier said the test series “clears the way for our team to proceed into qualification and production of the engine in the next phase of the program.”

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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