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Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024

Aerojet-Rocketdyne Engines Lift Spy Satellite

The launch on Wednesday of a Delta IV Heavy rocket will be powered by engines made in the San Fernando Valley. The three hydrogen-burning RS-68 engines on the rocket were manufactured by Aerojet-Rocketdyne at its Canoga Park plant, as were the upper-stage engine and multiple altitude control thrusters. Aerojet-Rocketdyne is owned by GenCorp Inc. in Sacramento. The launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Santa Barbara, will be the eighth this year by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co. The Delta IV Heavy is the largest rocket in the U.S. and uses two strap-on liquid rocket boosters in addition to its common booster core. It is reported to generate 17 million horsepower. The rocket will carry a classified spacecraft for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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