Friday's flight of a Titan IVB launch vehicle, out of Cape Canaveral, Fla., was supported -- as the Titan program has been for 50 years -- by Aerojet engines. The Titan IVB vehicle lofted a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, powered by Aerojet's first- and second-stage storable liquid rocket engines. This flight marked the final Titan IV launch from Cape Canaveral; the final Titan IV lift-off is scheduled to happen this summer in California at Vandenberg AFB.
Friday's successful launch marked a milestone for Titan's prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, and Aerojet: the program is celebrating both its 50th anniversary and its final flights.
"The final Florida launch of the Titan IV Friday began to wrap up a highly successful history between Aerojet and America's longest running rocket program," said Aerojet President Michael Martin.
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