Aerojet Rocketdyne supports launch of OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to explore asteroid

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), has supported the launch of NASA´s Origins, spectral interpretation, resource identification, security-regolith explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, the company said.

The craft is on its way to a near-Earth asteroid, called Bennu, to bring a sample back to Earth for study. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion on the Atlas V included one AJ-60A solid rocket booster (SRB), the RL10A-4-2 upper-stage engine, six helium pressurization tanks, a dozen Centaur upper-stage reaction control system (RCS) thrusters, as well as all 28 propulsion devices on the spacecraft.

Built by Lockheed Martin, OSIRIS-REx is the third planetary science mission selected under NASA´s New Frontiers program, after Juno and New Horizons, all of which include Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion.

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