Press Release

Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 Engines Help Boost Classified Satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
November 22, 2010
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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost a classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite was onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, powered by three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 engines and one upper-stage RL10B-2 engine. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

“The three RS-68 engines performed exactly as expected, boosting the heavy-lift Delta vehicle with the power our customers expect for such important missions,” said Jim Maus, director of Expendable Propulsion Programs, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. “We congratulate our United Launch Alliance customer on another successful launch.”

Christine Cooley, RL10 program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, said, “The RL10 continues to be the reliable source of upper-stage propulsion, contributing to the successful placement of the payload into orbit.”

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, 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. For more information about Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, go to

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.