Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests Advanced Large Solid Rocket Motor
“Aerojet Rocketdyne has produced large solid rocket motors for critical defense programs for more than 60 years, to include powering every
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s MCAT Demo large solid rocket motor design incorporates numerous advanced technologies and materials. The program’s primary goal is to develop technologies to increase propulsion performance and lower manufacturing and operational costs for future applications. In order to meet the goals, the MCAT Demo design consists of a state-of-the-art graphite composite case, an affordable advanced nozzle and high-energy, long-life solid propellant.
“The successful MCAT Demo enables future Air Force ICBMs to deliver higher performance while reducing cost,” said
During the static firing, the 52-in. diameter MCAT Demo motor fired successfully. Initial post-test inspection indicates that all components functioned as designed. AFRL provided technical and managerial oversight of the MCAT contract.
“ICBMs must be ready to fly on a moment’s notice in harsh environments and at speeds greater than Mach 20," said Mossman. “AFRL’s program focuses on long-life components and options for low cost ICBM maintenance.”
AFRL facilitated the testing at the
Video of the test can be seen here.
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Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.