Aerojet Rocketdyne has finished a design review of its engineÂ offering toÂ power United Launch Alliance rockets such as Atlas V and VulcanÂ as well as other launcher platforms for national security satellites of the U.S.
The company designed and proposed itsÂ AR1Â technology as a potential alternative to the Russian-builtÂ RD-180 engine that ULA uses to sendÂ satellites into space for U.S. government clients, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday.
Eileen Drake, president and CEO of Aerojet Rocketdyne, said the company aims to complete the development of its new rocket engine offering by 2019.
AR1 will employ liquid oxygen and kerosene propellants that can workÂ to generate up to 500,000 pounds of thrust, Aerojet Rocketdyne noted.
The company evaluated the system’s 18 components and subsystems as part of the design assessment and plans to begin full-scale tests in 2017 before the company will submit the technology for U.S. government certification sometime in 2019.