SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 11, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp
(NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its engine helped propel NASA's
Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission. The mission will allow
astronomers to study extreme environments of the universe that generate
significant amounts of gamma-ray radiation. Other objectives include the
discovery of the mysteries behind powerful gamma-ray bursts, the composition
of dark matter and a search for signs of new laws of physics.
Aerojet, under contract to United Launch Alliance, provided the Delta II
rocket's second stage engine. This was Aerojet's 264th successful Delta II
launch since 1960. Aerojet's second stage liquid rocket engine's unblemished
success record owes its longevity to its robust design.
This same engine has also supported NASA's launches of such missions as
Phoenix Mars Lander, Dawn, THEMIS, STEREO, Deep Impact, MESSENGER and the Mars
Exploration Rover (MER) spacecraft, more commonly known as the Mars Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity. This particular engine's launch history began in 1958
when Aerojet provided second stage propulsion for the Vanguard-1 mission.
Over the years, the engine's performance has been improved so that today it
has the power and reliability needed to assist in critical missions such as
today's GLAST spacecraft launch.
Aerojet is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader principally
serving the missile and space propulsion, defense and armaments markets.
GenCorp is a leading technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense
products and systems with a real estate segment that includes activities
related to the entitlement, sale, and leasing of the company's excess real
estate assets. Additional information about Aerojet and GenCorp can be
obtained by visiting the companies' Web sites at http://www.Aerojet.com and