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Sun Dec 8, 2019, 01:47 PM

Redmond company sending US back to the moon, beyond

REDMOND, Wash. -- One Puget Sound area company is slated to propel the United States back to the moon, and beyond. But in a way, it's part of a much bigger story.

Aerojet Rocektdyne was recently awarded a major contract from Lockheed Martin. It not only secures nearly a decade's worth of work for the Redmond company, it means that the propulsion systems on NASA's Orion spacecraft will come from Western Washington. Humankind is essentially on a launchpad into the future, with the engines currently priming -- the destination is farther than people have ever traveled. Companies like Aerojet Rockedyne are behind those engines.

For Ken Young, general manager of Aerojet Rocketdyne's Redmond operations, designing propulsion systems for the Orion vehicles is about a lot more than securing local jobs. It's about what humanity is about to develop, and the Puget Sound region's role in it. He points to the Apollo missions of the 1960s and 1970s as an example.

“The things that are going to come out of this that we have to develop, are going to have a huge impact on humankind,” Young said. “If you look back to the ’60s, we now have satellite TV, and GPS. All of those things came because we had a space mission in the ’60s. Now, as we go on to Mars, think about all the human things we have to learn about.”


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Sun Dec 8, 2019, 01:56 PM

1. I keep thinking about Trump trying to push NASA to go back

before the end of his first term.
I watched the Challenger blow up when I was 8 yrs old, from the basketball court at my school about an hour away, this affected me deeply.
I hope they don't push this, to meet deadlines of any kind.

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