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Boeing Vet Jim Simpson Joins Aerojet Rocketdyne as Strategy, BD SVP

Jim Simpson, former vice president of business development and strategy for Boeing‘s (NYSE: BA) network and space systems, has been appointed as senior VP of strategy and business development at Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) in a move that takes effect Sept. 21. He will report to CEO and President Eileen Drake and oversee the company’s efforts to …

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WSJ: Aerojet Rocketdyne Parent Offers $2B for Boeing-Lockheed Launch JV

The parent company of Aerojet Rocketdyne has offered to acquire the Boeing (NYSE: BA)-Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) joint venture United Launch Alliance for approximately $2 billion in cash, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Andy Pasztor and Dana Mattioli write Aerojet Rocketdyne and ULA are in “advanced talks” on the all-cash offer and could announce a transaction …

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Eileen Drake: Aerojet Rocketdyne Sells Energy Portfolio to Gas Technology Institute

The Gas Technology Institute has bought the energy assets of Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) with the intent to accelerate the development of energy efficiency products for government and commercial sectors. Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne president and CEO, said Monday the company decided to divest its energy business to focus on the …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Develop Digital Factory Environment for Propulsion Subsystems

Aerojet Rocketdyne has won a $12, 290, 494 contract with the Missile Defense Agency to develop a digital factory environment for propulsion subsystems. The agency’s goal for the project is to design, manufacturing and supply chain of propulsion components, the Defense Department said Thursday. Aerojet Rocketdyne will perform work in Rancho …

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Eileen Drake Named Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO; Warren Lichtenstein Comments

Eileen Drake, formerly chief operating officer at Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD), has been appointed succeed Scott Seymour as the rocket and missile propulsion maker’s president and CEO. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday Drake will also become a member of the GenCorp subsidiary’s board of directors following Seymour’s retirement. Warren Lichtenstein, chairman of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s board of …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Thruster, Power Systems for US 2020 Mars Rover

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been awarded contracts from NASA and the U.S. Energy Department to develop thruster propulsion and electrical power systems for a rover that is slated to launch in 2020. The contract with NASA calls for the company to produce 16 thrusters that are similar to the ones used …

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Steve Bouley: Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Rocket Engine Applications for AF Payloads

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been awarded a contract to develop large-scale liquid rocket engine applications for space launch services of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The company and its partners will work to design and build the liquid rocket engines by using laser melting machines to convert the engines from traditional manufacturing …

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Jose Ruiz, Raytheon Vet, Joins Aerojet Rocketdyne as CIO

Jose Ruiz Jr., formerly a vice president and chief information officer at Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (NYSE: RTN), has joined Aerojet Rocketdyne as VP and CIO for the GenCorp subsidiary. He previously was responsible for the Raytheon IIS business’ work to consolidate data centers and develop relationships with agencies in the intelligence …

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Tyler Evans to Lead Aerojet RocketDyne’s ‘Rocket Shop’ Org; Paul Meyer Comments

Tyler Evans, formerly an executive director at Pratt & Whitney, has joined Aerojet Rocketdyne as vice president of the defense advanced programs unit. He will lead a business referred to by the company as the “Rocket Shop” and oversee changes to the process of developing new defense products, Aerojet Rocketdyne …

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NASA, Air Force Look to Ball Aerospace and Aerojet in ‘Green’ Satellite Fuel Push; Chris McLean Comments

Ball Aerospace and Aerojet Rocketdyne are working with the U.S. Air Force and NASA in an effort to use an environmentally friendly propellant for launch vehicles and spacecraft, Satellite Today reported Dec. 23. Caleb Henry writes the ‘Green Propellant Infusion Mission” will have its first space test in 2015, “scheduled …

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