CANOGA PARK, Calif., Jan. 18, 2009 â€“ Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, contributed to the nationâ€™s security by boosting a classified spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 17. The satellite was onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, powered by three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 engines and one upper-stage RL10B-2 engine. It was the second operational mission for a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle. This was the 716th launch of a Delta vehicle under Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyneâ€™s power. The first Delta IV was launched in 2002.
â€œWeâ€™re proud to be part of a mission that will ensure the safety and security of our nation,â€ said Craig Stoker, RS-68 program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. â€œThis was a critical payload and as always, our goal is 100 percent mission success.â€
The upper-stage RL10B-2 helped place the satellite into orbit. â€œThis engine has over 40 years of flight performance with the highest reliability of any cryogenic upper-stage engine in the world,â€ said Jeff Flenniken, RL10B-2 program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. â€œItâ€™s an honor knowing that reliability is the preferred choice in our nationâ€™s security.”
The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is responsible for operating overhead reconnaissance missions for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., a part 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.
Source: Pratt & Whitney