Aerojet Rocketdyne plays role in placing communications satellite

27 January 2014

GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company Aerojet Rocketdyne said it played a vital role in placing the second of three next-generation tracking and data relay satellites (TDRS-L) into orbit for NASA.

The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, with an RL10A-4-2 upper-stage engine, helium pressurization tanks and a dozen Centaur upper-stage thrusters used for roll, pitch, yaw and settling burns.

Aerojet Rocketdyne´s role in the launch primarily began with the second stage, when a single RL10A-4-2 engine ignited to place the TDRS-L into orbit, helped by the 12 Aerojet Rocketdyne monopropellant (hydrazine) thrusters in four modules on the Atlas V Centaur upper stage providing roll, pitch and yaw control as well as propellant settling burns during ascent.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile, and armaments areas in support of domestic and international markets. GenCorp is a diversified company providing innovative solutions to its customers in the aerospace and defense, and real estate markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne and GenCorp is at www.Rocket.com and www.GenCorp.com.

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