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Development and design company won massive contract to develop and design new rocket engines

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. today announced it has won a $1.2 billion NASA contract for the design development of rocket engines for the next generation of spacecrafts. NASA awarded the funds Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to develop and test a J-2X engine that will power the upper stages of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles.
 
"We are very proud to have been selected by NASA to power the return of U.S. astronauts to the moon and beyond,” said Stephen Finger, president, Pratt & Whitney. “This contract award is another important milestone in the partnership between Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NASA, which spans more than half a century.”

The two vehicles are part of the Orion program to send astronauts and cargo back to the moon before the year 2020.  The program builds upon the legacy of the Apollo-Saturn Program.  Liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen powers the J-2X, which provides 294,000 pounds of thrust to power the Ares vehicles.

“The J-2X builds on our knowledge and experience with the proven J-2 and J-2S engines, while simultaneously integrating state-of-the-art technology in order to give NASA a powerful, cost-effective, reliable engine,” said Jim Maser, president, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

The newly formed contract includes ground and flight-testing and extends through December 31, 2012.


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correction
By kenji4life on 7/18/2007 6:00:16 PM , Rating: 1
minor correction:
awarded the funds Pratt & Whitney

should be a ^to before P&w




RE: correction
By timmiser on 7/18/2007 11:38:35 PM , Rating: 4
Holy crap! Thank you for pointing that out.

After all, it IS rocket science.


RE: correction
By kenji4life on 7/26/2007 8:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
Okay?

Your sarcasm makes a great point. I'll remember not to bring to attention minor errors in publications from now on.

Grow up.


RE: correction
By timmiser on 7/31/2007 5:59:38 PM , Rating: 2
Kenji,

1. Every single person reading this article could figure out what the author was intending to say just as you were able to figure it out on your own.

2. If you have a problem with the author's grammar, show them some respect and not point it out in the public forum, but rather send the author a private email to alert them of the fact.

Peace out!


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