General Dynamics Rocket Engines to be used on European ATV

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

    REDMOND, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrium GmbH (Bremen, Germany)
 has awarded a $7.9 million contract to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical
 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD).  The contract calls
 for the purchase, over the next two years, of bipropellant Model R-4D-11
 rocket engines to support the German/European Automated Transfer Vehicle
 (ATV).
     The ATV is a human-rated vehicle which will provide supplies and services
 to the International Space Station.  Each ATV vehicle will be equipped with
 four R-4D-11 engines used for orbit-changing (Delta-V) maneuvers during the
 ATV's approach and descent from the International Space Station.  The R-4D-11
 engines can also be used to re-boost the Space Station to higher orbits when
 the ATV is docked.
     The R-4D-11 bipropellant rocket engine has been the "work-horse" of the
 satellite industry for decades.  It has been used on several human-rated
 vehicles, and has provided apogee insertion for most geostationary satellites
 currently on orbit.
 
     General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
 approximately 46,000 people and anticipates 2001 sales of approximately $11.5
 billion.  The company has leading market positions in business aviation,
 information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious
 combat systems.
 
 

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    REDMOND, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrium GmbH (Bremen, Germany)
 has awarded a $7.9 million contract to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical
 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD).  The contract calls
 for the purchase, over the next two years, of bipropellant Model R-4D-11
 rocket engines to support the German/European Automated Transfer Vehicle
 (ATV).
     The ATV is a human-rated vehicle which will provide supplies and services
 to the International Space Station.  Each ATV vehicle will be equipped with
 four R-4D-11 engines used for orbit-changing (Delta-V) maneuvers during the
 ATV's approach and descent from the International Space Station.  The R-4D-11
 engines can also be used to re-boost the Space Station to higher orbits when
 the ATV is docked.
     The R-4D-11 bipropellant rocket engine has been the "work-horse" of the
 satellite industry for decades.  It has been used on several human-rated
 vehicles, and has provided apogee insertion for most geostationary satellites
 currently on orbit.
 
     General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
 approximately 46,000 people and anticipates 2001 sales of approximately $11.5
 billion.  The company has leading market positions in business aviation,
 information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious
 combat systems.
 
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