A California-based rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer, Aerojet Rocketdyne and the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center also known as SMC expanding its existing advanced engine development agreement to develop the upper-stage RL10C-X engine. The company also eyes to continue the AR1 booster engine development program via its production line.
Aerojet stated that he upper-stage RL10C-X engine represents the future of the nation’s premiere upper-stage rocket engine. When we are combining advanced 3-D printing technology with modern manufacturing techniques then the cost of the RL10C-X will be reduced without reliability.
Chief Executive Officer and president of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Eileen Drake, “Aerojet Rocketdyne has extensive experience building rocket engines for most of the nation’s preeminent launch vehicles and we will continue that legacy with the RL10C-X engine.” Further, Eileen added, “We’re also excited to continue development of the AR1 engine; this is an American engine with a bright future.”
Sources stated that the company has achieved various hot-fire demos of components built using 3-D printing. Aerojet Rocketdyne will have the capacity to keep on offering a very solid, elite upper-organize motor at decreased expenses to its clients with RL 10C-X.
Both, the SMC and Aerojet Rocketdyne marked an adjustment to their current Rocket Propulsion System Other Transactional Authority concurrence on June 22, 2018 to support this joint effort.