Press Release

Aerojet Rocketdyne Statement in Response to Blue Origin/ULA Agreement

By SpaceRef Editor
September 18, 2014
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We are aware of the recent announcement between United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin to develop a new rocket engine, and we welcome the opportunity to compete with other providers to meet our nation’s future launch needs.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been successfully launching astronauts and critical payloads into orbit for more than half a century, and we’re extremely proud of the performance of our propulsion systems.

We are fully committed to meeting the future propulsion needs of our nation, and no one has more experience, demonstrated performance and technological know-how than the men and women at Aerojet Rocketdyne.

To demonstrate this commitment, Aerojet Rocketdyne announced on Sept. 16, the establishment of our Advanced Hydrocarbon Propulsion Development Office (AHPDO) in Huntsville, Alabama. Rapid development and certification of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR1, an all-U.S. designed, developed and produced advanced hydrocarbon engine, manufactured to power America’s current and future national security launch vehicles, is a key focus for this new Huntsville office.

The AR1 will provide both our government and commercial customers an affordable world-class, innovative engine, as well as the reliability which is synonymous with Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems.

Competition is good for our industry, and Aerojet Rocketdyne is ready to compete for any future launch propulsion requirements needed by the United States.

SpaceRef staff editor.