Pratt & Whitney to Develop New Upper-Stage Rocket Engine

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney (P&W)
 Space Propulsion operations announced today its plans to begin development of
 a full-scale engine demonstrator for a next generation high-performance
 liquid-hydrogen-fueled 60,000 pound-thrust-class rocket engine, designated the
 RL60.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010410/FLTU001 )
     "The RL60 will be the highest performing upper-stage engine in the world,"
 stated J. Robert Bullock, program manager for the RL60 program.  "The
 development of this new engine will help us maintain our leadership position
 in providing upper-stage liquid rocket propulsion and will more than double
 the thrust capability of our highest performing RL10 engines presently in
 service."
     The RL60's performance increase will come in a package approximately the
 same size as P&W's RL10, currently the industry's workhorse upper-stage engine
 for Atlas, Titan and Delta launch vehicles.  The new engine will offer
 throttling capability ranging from 50,000 to 65,000 pounds of thrust.
     P&W has initiated the first phase of the development program, which
 includes major component fabrication and demonstration testing later this
 year, leading to a full-scale engine demonstrator test planned for the end of
 2002.  Following a successful demonstrator engine program, the RL60 could
 proceed into full-scale development and be ready for service by the end of
 2005.
     The P&W-sponsored program calls for the RL60 to be built and tested
 domestically with key components to be provided by three international
 industry strategic suppliers; Volvo Aero of Sweden, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy
 Industries (IHI) of Japan and Chemical Automatics Design Bureau (CADB) of
 Russia.  "While maintaining the company's role as designer and integrator, we
 will utilize the very best capability that the global industry has to offer
 and at the same time broaden our supplier market," said Bullock.  Volvo Aero
 will provide a regeneratively cooled nozzle, IHI will provide the main
 hydrogen (fuel) turbopump, and CADB will produce the liquid oxygen (oxidizer)
 turbopump.
     The RL60 engine is being developed to provide lift capability growth for
 domestic vehicles, such as Atlas and Delta, and also international launch
 vehicles.  "We see a future market need for an engine in this thrust-class and
 are confident that we are the best company to provide it," said Bullock.
     P&W has a proven success track record with international collaborations
 with the Russian built RD-180 booster engine and the RL10B-2 carbon-carbon
 composite nozzle produced by Snecma, in France.
     Last year, P&W pursued a teaming arrangement with Snecma to jointly
 develop the SPW2000 engine for use on the Ariane 5 as well as future Delta and
 Atlas vehicles.  In June, the European Space Agency decided instead to pursue
 its own engine program, designated Vinci.
     P&W's RL60 builds on the 36-year heritage of P&W's highly successful RL10
 engine.  It incorporates recent technological advancements developed by P&W
 and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate at Edwards
 Air Force Base, through the Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion
 Technology (IHPRPT) Program.
     P&W's RL10 engine has helped launch the nation's most sophisticated earth
 satellites and exploratory spacecraft.  The engine is manufactured at P&W's
 Liquid Space Propulsion facility for both government and commercial customers.
 The RL10 has a remarkable mission success record with more than 300 successful
 flights.
     P&W Space Propulsion includes liquid rocket and hypersonic propulsion at
 Liquid Space Propulsion, located at West Palm Beach, Fla.; solid rocket
 propulsion at Chemical Systems Division, located at San Jose, Calif.; Russian
 rocket engines at RD AMROSS LLC., located at West Palm Beach, Fla.; and
 automated spray systems and services at Advanced Systems Technology, located
 at Huntsville, Ala.  P&W is a unit of United Technologies Corporation of
 Hartford, Conn.
 
 

SOURCE Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney (P&W)
 Space Propulsion operations announced today its plans to begin development of
 a full-scale engine demonstrator for a next generation high-performance
 liquid-hydrogen-fueled 60,000 pound-thrust-class rocket engine, designated the
 RL60.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010410/FLTU001 )
     "The RL60 will be the highest performing upper-stage engine in the world,"
 stated J. Robert Bullock, program manager for the RL60 program.  "The
 development of this new engine will help us maintain our leadership position
 in providing upper-stage liquid rocket propulsion and will more than double
 the thrust capability of our highest performing RL10 engines presently in
 service."
     The RL60's performance increase will come in a package approximately the
 same size as P&W's RL10, currently the industry's workhorse upper-stage engine
 for Atlas, Titan and Delta launch vehicles.  The new engine will offer
 throttling capability ranging from 50,000 to 65,000 pounds of thrust.
     P&W has initiated the first phase of the development program, which
 includes major component fabrication and demonstration testing later this
 year, leading to a full-scale engine demonstrator test planned for the end of
 2002.  Following a successful demonstrator engine program, the RL60 could
 proceed into full-scale development and be ready for service by the end of
 2005.
     The P&W-sponsored program calls for the RL60 to be built and tested
 domestically with key components to be provided by three international
 industry strategic suppliers; Volvo Aero of Sweden, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy
 Industries (IHI) of Japan and Chemical Automatics Design Bureau (CADB) of
 Russia.  "While maintaining the company's role as designer and integrator, we
 will utilize the very best capability that the global industry has to offer
 and at the same time broaden our supplier market," said Bullock.  Volvo Aero
 will provide a regeneratively cooled nozzle, IHI will provide the main
 hydrogen (fuel) turbopump, and CADB will produce the liquid oxygen (oxidizer)
 turbopump.
     The RL60 engine is being developed to provide lift capability growth for
 domestic vehicles, such as Atlas and Delta, and also international launch
 vehicles.  "We see a future market need for an engine in this thrust-class and
 are confident that we are the best company to provide it," said Bullock.
     P&W has a proven success track record with international collaborations
 with the Russian built RD-180 booster engine and the RL10B-2 carbon-carbon
 composite nozzle produced by Snecma, in France.
     Last year, P&W pursued a teaming arrangement with Snecma to jointly
 develop the SPW2000 engine for use on the Ariane 5 as well as future Delta and
 Atlas vehicles.  In June, the European Space Agency decided instead to pursue
 its own engine program, designated Vinci.
     P&W's RL60 builds on the 36-year heritage of P&W's highly successful RL10
 engine.  It incorporates recent technological advancements developed by P&W
 and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate at Edwards
 Air Force Base, through the Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion
 Technology (IHPRPT) Program.
     P&W's RL10 engine has helped launch the nation's most sophisticated earth
 satellites and exploratory spacecraft.  The engine is manufactured at P&W's
 Liquid Space Propulsion facility for both government and commercial customers.
 The RL10 has a remarkable mission success record with more than 300 successful
 flights.
     P&W Space Propulsion includes liquid rocket and hypersonic propulsion at
 Liquid Space Propulsion, located at West Palm Beach, Fla.; solid rocket
 propulsion at Chemical Systems Division, located at San Jose, Calif.; Russian
 rocket engines at RD AMROSS LLC., located at West Palm Beach, Fla.; and
 automated spray systems and services at Advanced Systems Technology, located
 at Huntsville, Ala.  P&W is a unit of United Technologies Corporation of
 Hartford, Conn.
 
 SOURCE  Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion

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