Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests next-gen rocket motor

The company also demonstrated the maturity of its new and upgraded facilities

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s new solid rocket motor. Photo/Aerojet Rocketdyne

Huntsville-based Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully tested a next-generation large solid rocket motor.

The design verification test of the eSR-19 highlights the company’s solid rocket motors that can be used in the defense and space industries.

“Our teams building our next generation large solid rocket motors are incorporating innovative materials and applying efficient manufacturing processes,” said Eileen P. Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. “We continue to invest in the future — in modern facilities and a highly skilled workforce — to design and produce the advanced technology needed to power defense across multiple domains.”

The successful test of the rocket, designed and fabricated in Huntsville and cast and cured in Camden, Arkansas, also demonstrated the production maturity of facilities in those two locations.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has produced large solid rocket motors for critical defense and space programs for decades. The company transferred the production to its Camden and Huntsville sites as part of its Competitive Improvement Program, which increased affordability and positioned the company for growth.

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