Aerojet Solid Rocket Boosters Support Successful Atlas V Launch

Press Release From: Aerojet
Posted: Friday, December 17, 2004

image Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. company, played a key role in the successful launch earlier today of the Lockheed Martin Atlas® V vehicle, featuring two of Aerojet's single-structure, 67-foot solid rocket boosters. In addition, Aerojet hardware supported the launch vehicle, the upper stage, and the spacecraft.

The solid rocket boosters provided 500,000 lbs. of thrust for the launch vehicle, while the company's monopropellant rocket engines provided directional control for the Atlas upper stage. Additionally, Aerojet provided the arcjets, power processing units and thrusters used for north/south station-keeping and attitude control of Lockheed Martin's AMERICOM 16 spacecraft.

The Atlas boosted the AMERICOM 16 spacecraft into orbit for use by EchoStar Communication Corp.'s (EchoStar) DISH Network.

"Aerojet solid propulsion and liquid in-space technology supported today's successful Atlas launch," said company President Michael Martin. "We are serving the needs of our Lockheed Martin and EchoStar customers with flight-proven, reliable, advanced hardware."

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 and .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current management expectations. Numerous factors, including those related to market conditions and those detailed from time to time in GenCorp's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Many of the factors that will determine GenCorp's future results are beyond the ability of GenCorp to control or predict. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and, therefore, actual results may differ materially. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management's views only as of the date hereof. GenCorp undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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