Company Has Flown Over 1,600 Successful Booster Missions
With a track record stretching back
to the Eisenhower administration, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
carried the first US astronauts into space and to the moon,
deployed satellites on planetary orbits, and lifted deep-space
telescopes that found galaxies near the dawn of time. In August,
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne hit the 1,600 mark with the
successful launch of the GeoEye-1 commercial satellite -- the
highest number of launches ever achieved by a US company.
"I am proud to be part of a team that has accomplished so much
and overcome so many technical challenges to achieve such an
impressive milestone," said Jim Maser, president, Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne. "I look forward to our bright future as we
expand our business in new and exciting areas."
After launching the first American Redstone Rocket in 1953,
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's family of engines went on to boost
satellites that predict hurricanes; provide military and
intelligence applications; map, measure and monitor the
environment; and supply communications, global positioning and
navigational systems throughout the world.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines
continue to launch astronauts and equipment bound for the
International Space Station with 100 percent mission success. With
the upcoming J-2X, RS-68 and Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine
propulsion systems, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne stands poised to
carry astronauts back to the moon and beyond.
The company is also expanding into hypersonics, developing a
propulsion system for a hydrocarbon scramjet, a military plane that
will travel at supersonic speeds greater than Mach 5, as well as
propulsion systems that will help defend the nation against
ballistic missile attacks.
Today, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne provides 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