Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68A engine tests for access to Space

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), has completed its latest acceptance test on a liquid-fueled RS-68A booster engine, the company said.

The RS-68A is used to power United Launch Alliance´s Delta IV launch vehicle. The routine three-minute hot-fire test was conducted by the company´s center of excellence for large liquid rocket engine assembly and tests located at NASA´s Stennis Space Center.

The RS-68A is a liquid-hydrogen/liquid-oxygen booster engine and provides 702,000 pounds of lift-off thrust, which is equivalent to 17 million horsepower. The test is part of acceptance testing done to validate engine performance prior to delivery to the customer in Decatur, Alabama for launch into space.

Aerojet Rocketdyne delivers solutions for the aerospace and defense markets, providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.