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June 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

United Technologies Closes on Rocketdyne Deal

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) today announced it has closed on the sale of substantially all operations of its Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne unit to GenCorp (NYSE: GY), except for its interest in the RD Amross joint venture. … See more

May 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engines Boost Latest Communication Satellite into Orbit

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines provided the power to successfully place the fifth in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) communication satellites into orbit today for the U.S. military. … See more

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS Propel Modernized Navigation Satellite into Orbit

In their fourth launch of 2013, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS successfully propelled the fourth Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIF military navigation satellite into orbit. … See more

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Scramjet Powers Record-breaking Flight of X-51A WaveRider

The X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's SJY61 scramjet engine, achieved aviation history on May 1 by making the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight, flying full duration and achieving mission success. … See more

April 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Reaches Milestone in Development of Next Rocket Engine for Human Spaceflight

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the rocket-engine manufacturer that helped power American astronauts to the moon during the Apollo era, has completed the last in a series of hot-fire tests on a J-2X engine with a stub-nozzle extension at simulated altitude conditions. … See more

March 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Powers United Launch Alliance Atlas V Upper Stage, Placing Early-Warning Missile Satellite into Orbit

An Atlas V launch vehicle rose from the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., today to deliver the second Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 2) into orbit – thanks to propulsion provided by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS. … See more

Monday, March 4, 2013
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Kelvin TOP-SET Collaborate to Reduce Cost and Potential Downtime in Oil and Gas Industry

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is collaborating to create a highly specialized methodology that combines its Extreme Engineering expertise with Kelvin TOP SET's proprietary incident investigation skills to reduce cost and potential downtime in the oil and gas industry. … See more

December 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Selected to Receive Three Cost-Sharing Contract Awards Totaling More Than $5 Million from U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) has selected Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to receive a total of more than $5 million for three cost-sharing projects designed to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of gas turbines in commercial-scale power plants. … See more

November 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Receives $2.3 Million Award from Department of Defense to Further Develop High-Concentration Solar Technology

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) office of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne approximately $2.3 million to design and develop a 200-kilowatt high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar-power field on one acre at Edwards Air Force Base in California. … See more

April 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Celebrates Commissioning of Commercial-Scale Prototype Dry Solids Pump to Provide High-Efficiency, Low-Emission Gasification

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the commissioning of a commercial-scale dry-solids pump – a revolutionary feed system integrated with PWR’s compact gasifier to efficiently gasify coal, petcoke and other solid fuels… See more

October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Selected to Test New Liquid Propulsion System in Support of Protecting the U.S. and Europe from Regional Threats

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a $14 million contract to test new liquid-propulsion technologies that could be used to help intercept incoming ballistic missiles. … See more

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Propulsion Systems Successfully Maneuver Missile Defense Interceptors to Destroy Ballistic Missile Targets

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor successfully positioned missile defense interceptors to simultaneously destroy two short-range ballistic missile targets in a demonstration of the weapon system's ability to help protect troops and other U.S. interests around the world. … See more

Monday, October 3, 2011
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to Supply Critical Hardware for Concentrated Solar Power Towers for Clean, Reliable Electricity

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has received a contract from SolarReserve to supply critical hardware for its first commercial-scale power tower project with fully integrated energy storage. … See more

June 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Completes Performance Tests on Compact Gasifier

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the last in a series of performance tests on its compact gasifier, making the technology ready for implementation in a demonstration plant. … See more

December 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Completes Assembly of Fuel Turbopump on NASA's J-2X Rocket Engine

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed another major subassembly for NASA's first J-2X rocket engine. … See more

Monday, December 13, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded Heavy-Lift Launch Vehicle Studies Contract

NASA has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a contract worth approximately $622,000 to conduct systems analysis and trade studies for heavy-lift launch vehicle system concepts, propulsion technologies and affordability. … See more

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes Assembly of Oxidizer Turbopump on NASA's J-2X Rocket Engine

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed assembly of the oxidizer turbopump on NASA's J-2X rocket engine, moving the next-generation, human-rated rocket engine one step closer to testing at Stennis Space Center, Miss., in 2011. … See more

Monday, December 6, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Popular Science Honors Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne for Powering X-51A WaveRider

The current issue of Popular Science magazine honors Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and its partners for achieving major advances in aerospace technology with the Mach 6-capable X-51A WaveRider vehicle. … See more

November 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes Hot-Fire Test Series on Second RS-68A Certification Engine

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on the second and final RS-68A certification test engine, paving the way for its use in powering heavy-lift launch vehicles into space. … See more

Sunday, November 21, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

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

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost a government satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. … See more

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Wins $2.35 Million Contract to Perform Risk-Reduction Tests on Third Generation Reusable Booster Engine

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a $2.35 million contract to perform risk-reduction tests on key components of the Third Generation Reusable Booster (3GRB) rocket engine design. … See more

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Wins Contract to Develop Computation Tools to Predict Combustion Stability on Hydrocarbon-Fueled Rocket Engines

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a $1.35 million contract to develop improved computational tools to better predict combustion stability of hydrocarbon-fueled liquid rocket engines. … See more

Friday, November 5, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engine Helps Boost 350th Launch of a Delta Vehicle

In conjunction with the 50th year of powering the Delta-family of rockets, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the 350th launch of a Delta rocket today by successfully helping to boost the fourth COSMO-SkyMed Radar Earth-Imaging satellite for the Italian Space Agency and the Italian Ministry of Defence. … See more

October 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded $1 Million Contract To Design Engine for Transformer Vehicle

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a contract, with a value up to $1 million, to design an engine for the Transformer (TX), a vertical take-off and landing, road-worthy concept study vehicle. … See more

Monday, October 18, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Receives NASA's 2010 Large Business Prime Contractor Award

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received the 2010 Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. … See more

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded $60.3 Million NASA Contract for Continued Support of the Space Shuttle Main Engine

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received a $60.3 million contract from NASA to provide continued Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) pre-launch, launch and post-launch support through March 31, 2011. … See more

September 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Completes Latest Round of Tests on J-2X Gas Generator

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the latest round of tests on the workhorse gas generator for NASA's J-2X rocket engine. … See more

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Powers Launch of U.S. Government Payload

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne yesterday helped boost into orbit a U.S. Government payload. The payload was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. … See more

August 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Powers Launch of U.S. Military's Advanced Extremely High Frequency Communications Satellite

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost into orbit the U.S. military's first Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite. … See more

July 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Named South Florida's 2009 'Manufacturer of the Year'

The South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA) named Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in West Palm Beach the 2009 "Manufacturer of the Year" in the large company category at its annual Recognition of Excellence Awards Banquet. … See more

Monday, July 19, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Signs Historic NASA Mentor-Protege Agreement

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne signed a NASA Mentor-Protégé Agreement on July 7 with Avans Machine & Tool, a flight-approved supplier and certified Historically Under-Utilized Business (HUB) Zone small business located in Skyline, Ala. … See more

Saturday, July 3, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Donates RS-68 Engine to Discovery Science Center

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne donated an RS-68 engine for display at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif., where it will be part of an interactive exhibit that simulates a rocket lift-off with smoke, heat lamps and footage of rocket launches. … See more

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Demonstrates Descent Engine Technologies for Future Space Vehicle Landings

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine (CECE) demonstrated a throttling range 35 percent greater than in previous tests, as well as several new technology breakthroughs to support space exploration. … See more

June 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Propulsion System Successfully Maneuvers THAAD Interceptor to Destroy Ballistic Missile Target

The Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully positioned a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor that successfully destroyed an incoming Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) in the low endo-atmosphere. … See more

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Receives $10.2 Million Contract for Concentrated Solar Power Tower with Thermal Storage Technology

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received an award of up to $10.2 million from the Department of Energy to design and develop technologies aimed at significantly lowering electricity costs using a Concentrated Solar Power Tower with Thermal Storage (CSP Power Tower). … See more

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Celebrates 50 Years of Helping Boost Delta Vehicles into Orbit with the Successful Launch of Navigation Satellite

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated 50 years of powering Delta-family rockets into orbit with the successful launch of the first NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIF military navigation satellite on May 27. … See more

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes First in Series of Performance Tests on Compact Gasifier

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the first in a series of performance tests on its compact gasifier, which is designed to help reduce the cost of coal gasification, provide a clean alternative fuel source, and strengthen U.S. energy security. … See more

May 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Scramjet Powers Historic First Flight of X-51A WaveRider

The X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's scramjet engine, achieved aviation history today by making the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight. … See more

Monday, May 24, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded $20 Million Contract From Missile Defense Agency

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received a $20.3 million contract for the first phase to design, develop and test a High-Performance Liquid Upper-Stage propulsion system that will support early intercept capabilities for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). … See more

Monday, May 17, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Named First in Nation for Promoting Diversity

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne was named first in the nation by the Association of Diversity Councils for its outstanding contributions and achievements in promoting diversity in its workforce, workplace and marketplace. … See more

Friday, May 14, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Power Delivery of Russian Module to International Space Station

Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) today successfully powered the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on a mission to deliver the Russian Rassvet Mini-Research Module to the International Space Station. … See more

Monday, May 10, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Honors Employee for Her Dedication to the Community

In conjunction with National Volunteer Week, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne honored an employee for her time and dedication in helping the community through volunteer work. … See more

Friday, May 7, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to Help United Launch Alliance Design and Develop Emergency Detection System for Human Spaceflight Missions

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received a $1.8 million contract from United Launch Alliance to help design and develop an Emergency Detection System (EDS) for human spaceflights to be proposed for Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. … See more

April 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded 2010 Veterans Employer of the Year Award

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne was awarded the 2010 Veterans Employer of the Year Award by the California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) for its leadership in hiring and promoting U.S. servicemen and women. … See more

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Powers Launch of U.S. Military's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost into orbit the U.S. military's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. … See more

Monday, April 5, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Power Delivery of Science Equipment and Supplies to the International Space Station

Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) today successfully powered the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Mission STS-131 to deliver science equipment and supplies that will allow astronauts to better study Earth. … See more

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Donates $63,500 to Support Education and Cultural Arts at California State University, Northridge

In its ongoing commitment to the local community, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne donated $63,500 to California State University, Northridge, in support of engineering and computer science, business and economics, as well as the campaign to build the first Valley Performing Arts Center in the San Fernando Valley. … See more

March 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Helps Boost Weather-Monitor Satellite into Space

Two Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines helped boost the last in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, designated GOES-P, into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., today to help meteorologists monitor severe weather while improving the daily forecast. … See more

February 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Powers Launch of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Mission

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost into orbit the first mission in NASA's "Living With a Star" program to explore more about how the sun affects life on Earth. … See more

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Begins Certification Testing of the RS-68A Rocket Engine

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has completed the initial step in certifying the RS-68A rocket engine by successfully hot-fire testing the first certification engine. … See more

Monday, February 8, 2010
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Power Delivery of Robotic Control Station and Module

Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) today successfully powered the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission STS-130 to deliver a third connecting module and a seven-windowed cupola to the International Space Station. … See more

December 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Receives NASA's 2009 Large Business Prime Contractor Excellence Award

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has received the 2009 Large Business Prime Contractor Excellence Award from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. … See more

Monday, December 14, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Helps Boost Infrared-Sensitive Telescope in Search of Stars, Galaxies and Asteroids

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne helped boost NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite into orbit on a mission designed to survey the entire sky at infrared wavelengths in search of stars, galaxies and asteroids. … See more

Friday, December 11, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Powered X-51A Hypersonic Vehicle Completes First Captive Carry Flight

The U.S. Air Force X-51A WaveRider vehicle yesterday successfully made its first captive carry flight under the wing of a B-52 carry aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. … See more

Friday, December 11, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Opens Innovations Research Facility at University of Alabama in Huntsville

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the opening of the new PoWeR Innovations Research facility on the campus of University of Alabama in Huntsville, Ala, on Dec. 9. … See more

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Boosts U.S. Department of Defense Satellite to Increase Worldwide Military Communications

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne helped boost into orbit the third in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites designed to increase communications capabilities for the U.S. Department of Defense. … See more

November 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Powers Launch of Intelsat Communications Satellite with First Internet Router in Space

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost into orbit an Intelsat communications satellite that will provide data, voice and video services for the Americas, Europe and Africa. … See more

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Tests Thruster for Unmanned Lunar Lander

Using technology developed for the nation's ballistic missile defense system, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed hot-fire thruster tests demonstrating the ability of miniaturized thrusters to perform the descent and landing operation for a new generation of multi-use robotic lunar landers. … See more

Monday, November 16, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Deliver Hardware to Support Science Experiments Onboard the International Space Station

Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) today successfully powered the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on Mission STS-129 to deliver experiments, hardware and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). … See more

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Power, Propulsion and Optimization

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Answers Call for Clean-Coal Technology with Commissioning of Compact Gasification Pilot Plant

Responding to the nation's need for affordable clean-coal technology, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today celebrated the commissioning of a compact gasification pilot plant in Illinois designed to help lower energy costs, provide a clean alternative fuel source and strengthen U.S. energy security. … See more