San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Rocketdyne Gets Good News on Space Vehicle Program

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will continue its involvement in a new spacecraft being built for NASA to go to the International Space Station and low-earth orbit destinations.

The Canoga Park-based manufacturer is making the launch abort engine for the seven-person Crew Space Transportation-100 capsule under development by lead contractor Boeing Co.

NASA announced Aug. 3 the agency will provide an additional $460 million to Boeing to continue work on the CST-100.

Rocketdyne tested the abort engine in March in the Mojave Desert. The system uses thrusters from heritage programs and a low-cost Bantam engine design and its storable propellant engineering capabilities.

“We’re confident our proven propulsion technology and engineering skills will help maintain U.S. leadership in space,” said Terry Lorier, Commercial Crew program manager at Rocketdyne, in a prepared statement.

Mark R. Madler