Aerojet Rocketdyne Gears Up for First Flight of Boeing’s Starliner Spacecraft
“We’re incredibly proud that
A dual-engine Centaur powered by two RL10 engines manufactured in
Additionally, the composite overwrap pressurant vessels on the launch vehicle, crew module and service module, built by
- Atlas V Rocket: Two AJ-60A solid rocket boosters that provide more than 375,000 pounds of thrust each, manufactured in
Sacramento, California. Helium tanks for the first and upper stages built by Aerojet Rocketdynesubsidiary ARDÉ, located in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Reaction control engines built in Redmond, Washington, and two RL10 engines built in West Palm Beach, Florida, for the dual-engine Centaur upper stage.
- Crew Module: 12 reusable thrusters manufactured in
Redmond, Washington, which generate a total of 1,200 pounds of thrust to properly orient the spacecraft for re-entry into the atmosphere. Eight pressure control subsystem tanks to store nitrogen, oxygen and nitrox built by ARDÉ.
- Service Module: 28 reaction control system engines, which provide 85 pounds of thrust each to enable on-orbit maneuvering and
International Space Stationreboost. Twenty orbital maneuvering and attitude control engines, providing 1,500 pounds of thrust each, are used for abort, maneuvering and stage separation. Four launch abort engines, with 40,000 pounds of thrust each, are used only in the event of a launch emergency to propel the crew capsule away from the launch vehicle. All of these types of engines are built in Canoga Park, California. Additionally, ARDÉ provides 4 fuel, 4 oxidizer and 2 pressurant service module tanks.
“Safe, reliable astronaut access to low-Earth orbit is critical for the future of a robust deep space exploration program,” added Drake. “The upcoming Orbital Flight Test builds on the successful test of Starliner’s launch abort system in November and paves the way for the first Starliner flight test with astronauts on board.”
Starliner was developed under a
Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.