Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded $1.2 Billion NASA Contract
July 18, 2007 4:08 PM
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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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RE: What's the Challenge?
7/19/2007 9:08:27 AM
I think the biggest challenge is finding a good reason. If it's for the betterment of science, that money could be much better spent on our education system. Hopefully, it will result in a manned mission to Mars someday.
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