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Mars lander launch on May 5, 2018.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Selected For New Vulcan Centaur Launch Vehicle

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 rocket engine to power the upper stage that will fly atop ULA’s new Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle. The selection came as part of a long-term agreement between the two companies that calls for Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide RL10 upper-stage rocket engines to support ULA’s current and future launch vehicles.

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United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. U.S. government launch customers include both the Department of Defense and NASA, as well as other organizations.

From liftoff to landing, Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems are playing a critical role in the NASA InSight Mars lander mission, launched on May 5, 2018, from Vandenberg, Air Force Base, California, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

“Mars missions, especially those that deliver a lander to the planet’s surface, are notoriously challenging, but our team of experienced propulsion engineers is up to the task,” Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake said. “Aerojet Rocketdyne engines have flown aboard every NASA Mars mission, including orbiters and landers, since 1975.”

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