Aerojet Rocketdyne has backed the launch of the successful USSF-7 mission for the newly formed U.S. Space Force recently. The mission had carried the X-37B space plane of the military into the orbit on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
The propulsion products from Aerojet Rocketdyne has supported the launch that also includes helium pressurization tanks placed on the rockets, a number of MR-106 thrusters over the Centaur upper stage that offered pitch, yaw control, settling burns along with a roll and theRL10C-1, an upper-stage engine.
The launch carried the 1,000th MR-106 thruster to be able to fly on the Atlas V launch vehicle.
President and CEO of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Eileen Drake stated that the launch has marked the second launch for the United States Space Force after the newer branch of the military had been established in the previous year.
Drake further commented that the firm has been looking forward to backing several such launches in the forthcoming years for the new organization that has the main task of keeping the U.S. as well as allied interests safe in space.
A single RL10C-1 engine had been ignited to locate the payload into the orbit after Atlas V had lifted off the pad when the upper stage had separated itself from its first-stage booster. The RL10C-1 engine tends to deliver about 22,890 pounds of thrust to help power the upper stage by utilizing liquid oxygen propellants and cryogenic liquid hydrogen during the operation.
ARDE, which is a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne located in New Jersey offers the pressure vessels on both of its first and second stages on the vehicle launch.
For the record, Aerojet Rocketdyne is essentially a subsidiary of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc, a renowned and recognized across the world defense and aerospace leader that offers propulsions systems as well as energetics to space, strategical systems, tactical systems, and missile defense areas to be able to support both domestic and the international customers.