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JUNE 2013
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. … READ MORE

MAY 2013
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. … READ MORE

APRIL 2013
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. … READ MORE

MARCH 2013
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

DECEMBER 2012
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. … READ MORE

NOVEMBER 2012
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. … READ MORE

APRIL 2012
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… READ MORE

OCTOBER 2011
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

JUNE 2011
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. … READ MORE

DECEMBER 2010
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

NOVEMBER 2010
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

OCTOBER 2010
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

SEPTEMBER 2010
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

AUGUST 2010
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. … READ MORE

JULY 2010
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

JUNE 2010
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. … READ MORE

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). … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

MAY 2010
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. … READ MORE

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). … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

APRIL 2010
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

MARCH 2010
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. … READ MORE

FEBRUARY 2010
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

DECEMBER 2009
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

NOVEMBER 2009
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. … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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). … READ MORE

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. … READ MORE