Space

February 1, 2013

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne powers ULA Atlas V upper stage

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS launched into the New Year Jan. 31 by successfully propelling NASA’s first, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) into orbit.

The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

The Atlas V is powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 booster engine and a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RL10A-4-2 upper-stage engine. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. RD AMROSS LLC is a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NPO Energomash.

“The RL10 team is proud to start the New Year by helping NASA place a satellite into orbit that will provide even greater capabilities to a network that has been key to scientific discoveries here on Earth,” said Christine Cooley, RL10 program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

“The RD-180 engine lifted the rocket off the pad with ease, once again proving its ability to launch important payloads into space,” said Bill Parsons, president and CEO of RD AMROSS. “Congratulations to the entire RD-180 team for another job well done.”

TDRS-K is the latest addition to NASA’s constellation of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites. It is designed to relay communications from the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and other satellites in low-Earth orbit. The entire TDRS network allows information to move back and forth between the orbiting spacecraft and ground controllers on Earth.

NASA started deployment of the TDRS network in 1983 with the maiden flight of Space Shuttle Challenger. On its first mission, the satellite transmissions enabled more shuttle data to flow to the ground than the previous seven missions combined. NASA continued adding first-generation TDRS spacecraft until 1995, and added three second-generation spacecraft from 2000 to 2002. TDRS-K is the first satellite of the third generation, followed by TDRS-L planned in 2014 and TDRS-M scheduled in 2015.

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 engines for launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

QinetiQ North America wins two TALON contracts

QinetiQ North America announced Dec. 18 that it has been awarded a U.S. Army contract to build, refurbish and modernize QNA’s TALON IV military robots used extensively in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Through the U.S. Army’s Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan, QNA was awarded in September the contract worth over $17.5 million for spare...
 
 

Two C-17 squadrons to be inactivated over next two years

Air Mobility Command will inactivate two C-17 Globemaster III squadrons during the next two years – one at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and one at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – based on the President’s Defense Budget for fiscal year 2015. “In this fiscally constrained environment, we have to balance readiness, capability and capacity,” said Maj. Gen....
 
 

Raytheon to provide Qatar with Patriot air, missile defense system

Raytheon has received a $2.4 billion Foreign Military Sales contract for new-production fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for the State of Qatar. Qatar, a new Patriot customer, now brings the total number of global Patriot customers to 13. The acquisition is part of an Armed Services modernization and recapitalization...
 

 

Hagel authorizes up to 1,300 additional troops to deploy to Iraq

Up to 1,300 more U.S. troops, including approximately 1,000 soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Dec. 19. “Their mission will be to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces,” Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon briefing....
 
 
ng-people--japan

Northrop Grumman appoints chief executive for Japan

Northrop Grumman has announced the appointment of Jack Dorsett as chief executive for Japan, effective immediately. In this new position, he will be responsible for coordinating the corporation’s relationship with Japan, ...
 
 
NG-people-korea

Northrop Grumman appoints chief executive for South Korea

Northrop Grumman has announced the appointment of Brian Kim as chief executive for South Korea, effective Feb. 2, 2015. In this new position, he will be responsible for coordinating the corporation’s relationship with Sou...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>