Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sierra Nevada to conduct architectural design study for deep-space habitation system

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), has teamed with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a leader in aerospace and defense systems, to conduct an architectural design study for a habitation system that would enable NASA astronauts to live for long durations beyond low-Earth orbit, the company said.

SNC is serving as the prime contractor under NASA´s Next Space Technologies for exploration partnership-2, which seeks commercial development of deep-space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions.

Under the 18-month architectural design study, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SNC will devise concepts that include standards, common interfaces and testing approaches for the habitation system. It will also include the development and integrated testing of the full-size ground prototypes by 2018.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an aerospace and defense company that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas.