U.S. Air Force Communications Satellite Relies on Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Throughout Its Service Life
Aerojet Rocketdyneprovided propulsion systems for the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle and Lockheed Martin-built AEHF-5 satellite
- AEHF-5 will join the satellite constellation that securely connects warfighters across the globe
- Compared with chemical propulsion, XR-5 Hall Thrusters on satellite enable a propellant mass savings greater than 2,000 lbs.
“Helping to launch critical assets into orbit that provide our nation and its allies with secure, global communications is an important mission that the
In addition to the five AJ-60A solid rocket motors that helped lift the Atlas V off the launch pad,
Onboard the AEHF-5 spacecraft,
“The propellant mass savings enabled by our XR-5 Hall Thrusters provides end users with more flexibility when planning spacecraft missions,” added Drake. “Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world leader in electric propulsion technology; we have provided more than 550 electric propulsion thrusters on over 200 spacecraft.”
Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.