The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Aerojet has joined the Federation. With over 3,000 employees nationwide including locations in California, Arkansas, Washington State, Virginia, New Mexico, Utah and Tennessee, the company is a leading provider of aerospace propulsion systems.
Julie Van Kleeck, Aerojetâ€™s Vice President for Space Programs, stated, â€œAerojet welcomes the opportunity to join the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Joining CSF will enable Aerojet to work better with industry to serve NASAâ€™s exploration programs and the expanding commercial space market.â€
Van Kleeck continued, â€œAerojet propulsion systems have flown on every U.S. human spaceflight mission. We are actively engaged in developing propulsion to power the next generation of human spaceflight systems â€“ both launch vehicles and spacecraft. Weâ€™re proud of our work on Orion, EELV and a number of new commercial systems such as Taurus II and Sundancer. We are building on Aerojetâ€™s proven capabilities in rocket engine and spacecraft propulsion development, human-rating, propulsion system verification, and operations to power the next generation of U.S. human space flight capabilities.â€
Van Kleeck added, â€œAerojet believes that affordability and innovation are key to the future of human space flight â€“ and competition is fundamental to both. Aerojetâ€™s membership in CSF will provide new opportunities to support NASAâ€™s efforts to use safe, affordable and innovative commercial systems to transport crew to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) while NASA also continues to reach beyond LEO. We believe that NASAâ€™s plans for new investments in propulsion systems are vital to spurring innovation, driving down cost and fostering both LEO access and human exploration beyond LEO.â€
John Schumacher, Aerojetâ€™s Vice President for Washington Operations, added, â€œAerojet is at work to field new technologies for both launch and in-space propulsion that foster a new era of affordable, sustainable missions. CSF membership offers unique opportunities to work with other member companies to advance these efforts.â€
Mark Sirangelo, Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, commented, â€œOn behalf of the member companies of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, we are proud to welcome Aerojet. Their expertise in propulsion technology is widely known and itâ€™s a privilege to have them join the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.â€
Bretton Alexander, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, added, â€œIt is great to see the aerospace industry continue to unite behind a common goal of expanding our nationâ€™s commercial space economy. Creating thousands of new high-tech jobs, enhancing our nationâ€™s access to space, and exciting a new generation of young people to embark on science and technology careers are some of the benefits this growing industry aims to realize. The Federation is pleased to welcome the entire Aerojet team.â€