Aerojet Solid Rocket Boosters to Provide Extra Power for Atlas V Launch Vehicle


Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. company, will provide the world's longest monolithic solid rocket boosters for extra lifting power on Lockheed Martin's Atlas® V launch vehicle, which is planned to launch on Friday, Dec. 17.

Aerojet's single-structure solid rocket boosters are 67-feet long and provide 250,000 lbs. of thrust, which will be used to lift the AMERICOM 16 spacecraft.

In addition to providing extra power for the launch vehicle with the two solid boosters, Aerojet will also provide 12 thrusters for the upper stage; four electric propulsion systems and 18 monopropellant thrusters on the spacecraft.

Friday's launch will be the second flight of the Atlas V with Aerojet's solid rocket boosters. The first launch took place in July 2003.

Aerojet is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader principally serving the missile and space propulsion, and defense and armaments markets. GenCorp is a leading technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems with a real estate business segment that includes activities related to the development, sale and leasing of the Company's real estate assets. Additional information about Aerojet and GenCorp can be obtained by visiting the Companies' web sites at http://www.Aerojet.com and http://www.GenCorp.com .

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