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November 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Boosts Latest Mars Rover to the Red Planet

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne demonstrated the consistent reliability of its power and propulsion systems by successfully boosting the Mars Science Laboratory rover, which will travel to the red planet to assess its habitability. … See more

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NASA Complete Hot-Fire Test on J-2X Engine

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NASA successfully completed a 500-second duration hot-fire test on NASA's J-2X engine, a key step in demonstrating the propulsion system's ability to power humans further into space than ever before. … See more

October 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Helps Boost Satellite to Study Atmosphere and Sea-Surface Temperatures

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne demonstrated its continued support of NASA and the scientific community by successfully boosting the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) … See more

September 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Continues Tests on Department of Defense, NASA Engines

In an impressive display of power and technology, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on the certified RS-68A engine, the world's most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine. … See more

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Helps Boost Twin Satellites to Study the Moon

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today demonstrated its continued support of NASA and space exploration by successfully boosting the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft, which scientists will use to unlock the mysteries of the Moon. … See more

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center Delivers First Overhauled Engine to Overseas Customer

Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners' Shanghai Engine Center recently delivered its first overhauled CFM56® engine to Jetstar Pacific Airlines. … See more

August 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Launches Juno Spacecraft on Mission to Study Planet Jupiter

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne demonstrated its continued support of NASA by successfully boosting the Juno spacecraft on its mission to study planet Jupiter. … See more

July 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Bids Farewell to the Space Shuttle Program, Encourages Plan for Future Human Spaceflight

Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down at NASA Kennedy Space Center, officially bringing an end to the nation's space shuttle program and a 30-year legacy of boosting astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). … See more

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Next Generation J-2X Upper-Stage Engine for Future Human Spaceflight Successfully Begins Demonstration Testing

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has successfully completed a chill test and 1.9 second ignition test of NASA's J-2X engine at John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss. … See more

Saturday, July 16, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Again Demonstrates its Large-Payload Lift Capability by Boosting Latest Navigation Satellite

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne again demonstrated its large payload lift capabilities by successfully boosting the second GPS- IIF2 navigation satellite for the U.S. government launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. … See more

Friday, July 8, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Power Final Flight to International Space Station

In an awesome display of technology and immense power that capped a 30-year legacy of boosting orbiters into space, three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) today successfully powered the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on the program's final flight to the International Space Station (ISS). … See more

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines To Power Final Flight to International Space Station

Three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) will power the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on the program's final flight to the International Space Station (ISS) – just as NASA prepares to hot-fire test the new J-2X upper-stage rocket engine developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. … See more

June 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X Engine for NASA's Future Human Spaceflight Ready for Test

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne completed assembly of the first J-2X upper-stage engine for NASA's next era of human spaceflight in preparation for demonstration testing expected to begin this month at Stennis Space Center, Miss. … See more

Monday, June 13, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X Engine for NASA's Future Human Spaceflight Ready for Test

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne completed assembly of the first J-2X upper-stage engine for NASA's next era of human spaceflight in preparation for demonstration testing expected to begin this month at Stennis Space Center, Miss. … See more

Friday, June 10, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Helps Boost Satellite Designed to Measure Salt Concentrations in World Oceans

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today demonstrated its continued support of NASA and the scientific community by successfully boosting an international spacecraft designed to measure the concentration of salt on ocean surfaces. … See more

May 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Power Space Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station

Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) today successfully powered the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission STS-134 to deliver a permanent experiment module to the International Space Station that will allow scientists to study anti-matter in the universe. … See more

Saturday, May 7, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Boosts Early-Warning Missile Detection System into Orbit

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today demonstrated its ongoing commitment to national defense by boosting into orbit the U.S. military's first Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 1) for early-warning missile detection. … See more

April 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68A Engine Configuration Meets All Customer Requirements for Flight

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the Design Certification Review for the upgraded RS-68A engine configuration, demonstrating the world's most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine has met all requirements to power heavy-lift vehicles into space. … See more

Monday, April 18, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Selected to Support Boeing to Mature the Design of the CST-100 Spacecraft's Integrated Service Module and Launch Abort Propulsion System

The Boeing Company has selected Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to help mature the design of its Service Module and integrated Launch Abort propulsion system for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft. … See more

Friday, April 15, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Launches Spacecraft for U.S. Government

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today demonstrated its continued support of national security by helping to boost into orbit a spacecraft for the U.S. government. … See more

March 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Hot-Fire Tests Launch Abort Demonstration Engine for Boeing's CST-100 Spacecraft

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests of the Bantam demonstration engine for an innovative "pusher" launch abort system on The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft. The launch abort engine is a critical component of future commercial crew transportation to low-Earth orbit. … See more

Friday, March 11, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Boosts Government Satellite into Orbit

In another display of its commitment to national security, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today successfully helped boost a satellite for the U.S. government from Cape Canaveral Air Force station, Fla. … See more

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Demonstrates First RS-68A Production Engine is Ready for Flight

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of Hardware Acceptance Reviews on the first RS-68A production rocket engine, validating the world's most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine is ready to power a heavy-lift vehicle into space in support of national security. … See more

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Powers Launch of U.S. Military Orbital Test Vehicle

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost into orbit the U.S. military's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, demonstrating its continued support for the nation's long-term goals of affordable, responsive and routine space exploration. … See more

February 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Power Delivery of Parts and Cargo Module 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-133 to deliver spare parts and a modified cargo transfer module that will be permanently attached to the International Space Station (ISS) to provide additional storage space. … See more

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Space Propulsion

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne X-51A WaveRider Team Vies for Collier Trophy

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is among seven nominees competing for one of the most prestigious awards in aerospace, the National Aeronautic Association's (NAA) Robert J. Collier Trophy. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is being nominated as part of the team that powered the hypersonic X-51A WaveRider vehicle last May in the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet) powered flight. … See more