Air Force Awards New Rocket Propulsion Contracts

RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)
RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)

Christmas came early last week for Aerojet Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman and Orbital ATK as the U.S. Air Force awarded rocket propulsion contracts worth a combined $14.5 million to the companies on Dec. 23.

The contracts support “technology maturation and risk reduction” in the areas of material manufacturing and development and advanced technologies. The work supports the effort to transition away from the use of Russian-built RD-180 engines in United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V booster.

The Air Force has awarded a total of seven contracts totaling just under $17 million. A list of the contracts is below.

Aerojet Rocketdyne $ 6,003,668
Northrop Grumman$ 5,465,705
ATK Launch Systems Inc. $ 3,125,810
Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering$    935,696
Tanner Research $    902,507
Moog Inc.$    728,337
Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering $    545,860
TOTAL: $16,979,246