Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 Engines Help Boost Classified Satellite

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 7:03am
CANOGA PARK, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost a classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite was onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, powered by three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 engines and one upper-stage RL10B-2 engine.  Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corporation company.

"The three RS-68 engines performed exactly as expected, boosting the heavy-lift Delta vehicle with the power our customers expect for such important missions," said Jim Maus, director of Expendable Propulsion Programs, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. "We congratulate our United Launch Alliance customer on another successful launch."

Christine Cooley, RL10 program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, said, "The RL10 continues to be the reliable source of upper-stage propulsion, contributing to the successful placement of the payload into orbit."

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.

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