Successful Test Shows Aerojet Rocketdyne Arkansas Site Ready to Produce Large Solids … | Your money
CAMDEN, Ark., September 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Aerojet Rocketdyne recently conducted a solid rocket engine test firing that demonstrated the successful transition of mixing, casting and large engine testing operations from solid rocket from Sacramento, Calif., to its Camden, Arkansas, site.
“Aerojet Rocketdyne continues to advance its decades of work providing large, solid rocket engines, leveraging new facilities and innovative technologies and materials,” said Eileen P. Drake, CEO and President of Aerojet Rocketdyne. “Our Camden site is now ready to meet the country’s defense needs for large powder rocket engines. “
The engine was sunk at Camden’s engineering, manufacturing and development facility, which officially opened last October. Aerojet Rocketdyne has continued to build its capacity and team at its Camden site, increasing its workforce by over 70% over the past five years.
Measuring 52 inches in diameter and weighing approximately 7,800 pounds, the eSR-73 is designed as an upper stage that can serve as a second or third stage for a variety of large powder rocket engine applications. Aerojet Rocketdyne has been producing large dry rocket engines for critical defense and space programs for decades.
The eSR-73 demonstration engine test firing builds on work done by Aerojet Rocketdyne for the U.S. Air Force’s Research Laboratory on the Advanced Missile Component Technologies Demonstration Engine Program (MCAT Demo ). The MCAT demonstration engine was successfully tested last year at the Utah Test and Training Field.
Both tests demonstrated advanced graphite composite housings, affordable advanced nozzles, and high energy, long-life solid propellant. The eSR-73 is a further step towards production readiness and served as a scout for the production and management of large solid rocket engines at the Aerojet Rocketdyne site in Camden.
Watch a video of the test at rocket.com/esr73.
About Aerojet Rocketdyne: Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AJRD), is a global aerospace and defense company providing propulsion systems and power to space, missile and strategic defense systems, and tactical zone systems, in support of national and international customers. For more information, visit www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com. Follow Aerojet Rocketdyne and CEO Eileen Drake on Twitter at @AerojetRdyne and @DrakeEileen.
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