Newsletter Subscription


Friday, March 27, 2015


Aerojet Completes Testing of Next-Generation Exploration Thruster

Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it successfully completed development testing of its MR-104H 100 lbf-class monopropellant hydrazine thruster.

Working with Boeing Exploration Launch Systems and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Aerojet successfully completed environmental and hot-fire performance testing of the MR-104H in Redmond, Wash. The MR-104 product line matured under NASA's Constellation program and is applicable for future space vehicles.


Aerojet has helped conduct a series of tests over the past three years that has advanced the thruster’s demonstrated capabilities for modern missions, including verifying that the engine is capable of generating up to 200 lbf thrust.

“We have worked with our partners to mature the thruster from its flight-proven spacecraft application toward a human-rated application,” said Dr. Scott Miller, executive director, Aerojet Space and Launch Systems. “We are looking forward to this technology supporting a new generation of U.S. space exploration.”

Adapting the heritage thrusters for NASA included incorporating a modern valve on the engine, changing the thruster nozzle configuration to improve packaging, and developing insulation which allows burying the engine inside of a vehicle – a design modification that allows the MR-104H to be readily incorporated into other vehicle concepts for human spaceflight.

The MR-104H has increased capabilities from the heritage thruster, including an upgraded dual-seat valve, higher vibration capability and improved configuration for integration. The heritage MR-104 thruster was originally flown on the Voyager spacecraft and has helped enable mission success on 10 spacecraft including NASA’s Magellan mission to Venus.

Your company’s press release on ASDNews and to thousands of other journalists and editors? Use our ASDWire press release distribution service.

Source : Aerojet

Published on ASDNews: Apr 26, 2012

 

C4ISR Summit Middle East

May 11 - 13, 2015 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Register More info


Military Flight Training Conference

Mar 24 - 26, 2015 - London, United Kingdom

Register More info


MilSatCom Asia-Pacific Conference

May 13 - 14, 2015 - Singapore, Singapore

Register More info


© 2004-2015 • ASDNews • be the first to know • contact usterms & conditionsprivacy policyadvertisingfaqs

zpsk