Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), a division of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is headquartered in Canoga Park, Calif., and has facilities in Huntsville, Ala.; Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; Stennis Space Center, Miss; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and ARDE, Carlstadt, NJ.
PWR is ready to be a part of the next generation of future space solutions including a Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle as well as commercial cargo and crew options.
PWR’s J-2X engine is built from a proven rocket propulsion design and is a safe, reliable solution for NASA’s future Heavy Lift architecture. It also leverages the investment taxpayer’s have already made in Constellation as well as existing space-shuttle-era hardware as mandated by Congress. PWR also offers the proven RS-68 and RL-10 engines with successful launch after successful launch of demonstrated upper stage and booster performance.
Leveraging more than 50 years of proven propulsion experience and more than 1,300 successful rocket launches, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is the nation’s number-one liquid rocket propulsion provider. PWR engines have fueled space-exploration missions to nearly every planet in the solar system and brought astronauts to distant places and safely home again.
With record deficits and the government’s priority to decrease spending, both NASA and its industry must find opportunities to increase efficiency making access/exploration of space more affordable. Many factors are contributing to an overall increase in costs across the space manufacturing industry including propulsion. These factors include a contracting demand for products and services supporting space access and exploration, discontinuous buys and a decrease in volume as well as an increase in oversight and requirements. While these factors cannot be controlled, PWR is working very hard to reduce costs and increase affordability where possible including a 15% headcount reduction, a project 60% footprint reduction as well as investing in our own efficiency initiatives.
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