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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