Aerojet Rocktdyne tests jettison motor for Orion spacecraft to Mars

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD) has tested its third development jettison motor for NASA´s Orion spacecraft to Mars, the company said.

The test took place at the company´s facility in Rancho Cordova, California, and the jettison motor is a critical element for ensuring astronaut safety.

The company said the jettison motor for NASA´s Orion launch abort system fired for 1.5 seconds. In the event of an emergency during launch or ascent, Orion´s launch abort system (LAS) can activate within milliseconds to propel the capsule away from danger and position the crew module for a safe ocean landing.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, which delivers solutions to customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.