Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes its Propulsion for NASA’s Artemis II Mission
“These are very exciting times for both NASA and the nation,” said
Four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines collectively provide two million pounds of thrust to power the core stage of SLS, the world’s most powerful rocket. The company completed upgrading the Artemis II RS-25 engines with advanced components and controllers in
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine powers the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS), or the second stage, of the SLS. This engine provides the power to accelerate the Orion spacecraft to speeds over 24,000 miles per hour and set it on a course for the Moon. Design, manufacture, assembly and test of the RL10 engine for the Artemis II mission took place at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s
Once in space, the Orion Main Engine (OME) on the service module will maneuver the spacecraft.
Also aboard Orion,
The reaction control system thrusters, also built in
“The Artemis II mission will be the first time the Space Launch System and Orion will send astronauts into orbit around the Moon, and it is a key precursor to landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon,” added Drake. “Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems will play a critical role in making this endeavor a reality.”
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Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.