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Aerojet Extends ICBM Rocket Propulsion Research

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Among the contracts awarded to GenCorp subsidiary Aerojet and aimed at improving existing rocket systems and/or developing new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System (ICBM) technologies, you will find: * A $48 million contract aimed at using SR19 motors as Stage 1 motors; they are currently used as Stage 2 motors in the Minuteman ICBMs, and also used as boosters for ABM defensive missiles like the THAAD, whose Aerojet-designed boost motor was recently tested. * A $5 million modification aimed to develop turbopumps under the USET program. Success would allow 100% of that stage’s fuel to be used for thrust (FA9300-04-C-0008, P00012). * A contract with no published amount aimed at developing new solid rocket motor technologies. Solid rocket motors are difficult to produce and have other disadvantages as well, but they are much more stable (i.e. much less dangerous) than liquid motor technologies. This kind on ongoing expertise development may prove useful for this latest contract: Minuteman III ICBM Aerojet-General Corp. in Sacramento, CA received a $19.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide for research and development to demonstrate affordable technologies in a strategic upper-stage configuration applicable to a two or three stage Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) System. The effort consists of […]

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