Aerojet Rocketdyne to Provide ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Key Propulsion for Next Generation of Air Force Launch Services
“Aerojet Rocketdyne congratulates ULA on its selection and we look forward to providing our highly reliable RL10 engine on the Vulcan,” said
Under the LSP contract, ULA will support approximately 60% of missions starting in 2022 and continuing through the next five years.
The RL10 engine’s outstanding performance and reliability has made it the upper-stage engine of choice for the nation. Built in
The flight-proven RL10 engine provided the upper-stage propulsion to place hundreds of military, civil and commercial satellites into orbit and has sent spacecraft on their journeys to explore every planet in our solar system. The RL10 engine has been continuously upgraded throughout its service life with recent efforts focused on incorporating additive manufacturing to enhance affordability while maintaining its unequaled performance.
“With 500 engines flown in space, the RL10 has an unmatched reputation worldwide,” added Drake. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with ULA as we provide an advanced RL10 engine for Vulcan.”
The Vulcan’s Centaur upper stage will also include 12 Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-107 thrusters, built in
Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.