CANOGA PARK, Calif. (NASA PR) — Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne has successfully completed a series of tests on a thruster destined for Boeing’s Commercial Space Transportation spacecraft, designated CST-100.
Boeing is one of several companies working to develop crew transportation capabilities under the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The goal of the program is to help spur innovation and development of safe, reliable and cost-effective spacecraft and launch vehicles capable of transporting astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. (more…)
The U.S. Air Force X-51A WaveRider vehicle yesterday successfully made its first captive carry flight under the wing of a B-52 carry aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The X-51A is powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the opening of the new PoWeR Innovations Research facility on the campus of University of Alabama in Huntsville, Ala, on Dec. 9. The facility is part of a collaborative effort designed to develop new technologies and business strategies for both the company and the university. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
Using technology developed for the nationâ€™s ballistic missile defense system, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed hot-fire thruster tests demonstrating the ability of miniaturized thrusters to perform the descent and landing operation for a new generation of multi-use robotic lunar landers.Â Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has been awarded a 10-month contract by Lockheed Martin for preliminary design of the high speed accelerator for a turbine-based combined-cycle (TBCC) propulsion system, which could support flight up to Mach 6. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
PWR Offers Shuttle Engine Alternative Aviation Week
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) says it could rapidly stand up an expendable space shuttle main engine (SSME) if the Obama administration decides to use a shuttle-derived throwaway heavy lifter as an alternative to the Ares I crew launch vehicle.
The company has told a White House panel reviewing human spaceflight options that it could have a sufficient number of SSMEs ready within a year using a combination of leftovers from the shuttle program and newly-built engines. It has also proposed developing a modified, lower-cost SSME as a follow-on, PWR President Jim Maser said July 14 at a Space Foundation roundtable in Washington.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyneâ€™s PWR-9221FJ dual-mode ramjet engine successfully completed its first ground test at Mach 4 flight conditions at Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tenn. A dual-mode ramjet engine is a key technology for developing reusable hypersonic vehicles. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
Pratt Rocketdyne taking technology from Cold War to moon Journal Inquirer
In a space-age version of beating swords into plowshares, East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitneyâ€™s Rocketdyne division is working with NASA to convert Cold War rocket technology into the next-generation moon mission launch vehicle.
In preparation for NASA’s first Ares I-X test flight in August, engineers from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne have finished pressurizing and loading 1,423 pounds of propellants into heritage hardware from the Peacekeeper missile system that will be used to help return humans to the moon by 2020.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne completed a series of successful hot-fire tests for a propulsion system that could lead to increased mission capability and flexibility in sending humans to the moon, Mars and beyond. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
Boeing’s Shaw Warns Of Space Job Cuts Aviation Week
The â€˜big fiveâ€™ US space companies could lose up to 10,000 jobs over the next few years unless the government accelerates procurement of first elements of the Constellation familyâ€™s Ares V and Altair programs, warns Boeingâ€™s Space Exploration division head Brewster Shaw.
United Technologies To Lay Off Nearly 12,000 Workers Aero-News.Net
The conglomerate that owns such notable aerospace companies as Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, Rocketdyne and Hamilton Sundstrand will cut 5 percent of its global workforce this year, the latest victim of a staggeringly awful global economy.
It seems as though the major aerospace companies with pieces of NASA’s Constellation program want to keep on doin’ what they’ve been doin’. There have been at least three press releases today trumpeting major progress in the lunar program, which is under review by the new Obama Admnistration.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine (CECE) has successfully demonstrated critical capabilities required for NASA’s Altair lunar lander. The engine performed with stable operation at the widest throttle range of any known high performance cryogenic engine in December during its third series of ground tests at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla., test facility. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
A year from now, over the Pacific Ocean off California in airspace cleared of all civilian traffic, hypersonics could take a step closer to reality. In the same skies where five years earlier the X-43A Hyper-X flew for 10 sec. at Mach 9.6, powered by a supersonic-combustion ramjet, the X-51A WaveRider is planned to fly on scramjet power for 5 min., accelerating from Mach 4.7 to beyond Mach 6 and demonstrating that sustained hypersonic flight is practical.
Boeing’s X-51A and its Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) scramjet can trace their roots back 20 years to the X-30 National AeroSpace Plane, an overambitious and unsuccessful attempt to build a Mach 30 single-stage-to-orbit technology demonstrator. The X-51A’s goals are far more modest, but it could lead directly to development of a hypersonic long-range strike missile. It would also be a step closer to an eventual air-breathing space access vehicle.