NASA awards space propulsion research contracts

  • 08-Apr-2010 04:39 EDT

NASA has awarded contracts to five companies to provide space propulsion system technologies in support of research and technology development activities at the agency's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. The companies selected are Aerojet, ATK Mission Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace, Orbital Technologies, and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The companies will perform work in six disciplines: propulsion system design and trade studies, nontoxic chemical propulsion systems, hypergolic propulsion systems, propellant systems, electric propulsion, and rocket-based combined cycle propulsion systems. The work will provide for the development of advanced space propulsion technologies to enable missions with higher performance, reduced cost, improved reliability, and improved safety.

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