Press Release

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Powers Rocket Launch for U.S. Government Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
September 9, 2009
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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne yesterday evening helped boost a Lockheed Martin-built satellite for the U.S. government into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellite was aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s RL10 upper-stage engine and the RD AMROSS RD-180 booster engine.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX – News). RD AMROSS LLC is a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NPO Energomash.

“The RL10 rocket engine continues to provide our Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance customers dependable propulsion for launching high value payloads into space,” said Jim Maus, director, expendable propulsion programs, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

“The AV-018 launch represents the 23rd consecutive successful mission for the RD-180 engine powering an Atlas launch vehicle,” said Len Dest, president and CEO of RD AMROSS.

The Atlas V Centaur upper stage is powered by a single RL10A-4-2 engine that delivers 22,300 pounds of thrust. For over 46 years, the RL10 has been one of the United States’ most reliable upper-stage engines. The Atlas V booster stage is powered by the RD-180 engine delivering nearly 1 million pounds of thrust. The RD-180 is the only liquid oxygen-kerosene fueled engine with an oxygen-rich staged combustion cycle flying in the United States today.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

SpaceRef staff editor.