Aerojet, a GenCorp company (NYSE: GY), announced today that it was one of a number of firms selected to develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS).
Aerojet’s “Full-Scale Combustion Stability Demonstration” solution was geared at improving the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for SLS. This selection is expected to result in a firm-fixed price contract with a period of performance beginning on or about Oct. 1, 2012 and ending on March 31, 2015.
Designed to be flexible for spacecraft launch, including NASA’s Orion multipurpose vehicle which relies in part on Aerojet propulsion, SLS’s evolved configuration will require an advanced booster with a significant increase in thrust from exisiting U.S. liquid and solid rocket boosters.
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center manages the SLS program for the agency.
Date: Jul 31, 2012