Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports Launch of the U.S. Air Force's third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite
"It's an honor to know our propulsion systems helped place another critical satellite into orbit in support of our nation's defense - one that will provide key capabilities in the areas of missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness," said
The RL10C-1 was developed from the RL10 family of upper-stage engines, which have accumulated one of the most impressive track records of accomplishments in the history of space propulsion. More than 475 RL10 engines have supported launches over the last 50 years, playing a vital role in placing military, government and commercial satellites into orbit, and powering scientific space-probes on every interplanetary mission in our solar system.
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Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for SBIRS, which includes a combination of satellites in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit, and ground hardware and software. The data provided by SBIRS is designed to enhance the
Glenn Mahone, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 202-302-9941 Glenn.Mahone@Rocket.com Carri Karuhn, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 818-586-4963 Carri.Karuhn@Rocket.com
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