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The RS-25, also known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine

RS-25 engine from Aerojet Rocketdyne

The RS-25, also known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine, is the world’s most reliable rocket booster engine. For three decades, these liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engines powered humans and payloads on all 135 Space Shuttle flights, enabling advancements such as the construction of the International Space Station, deployment and servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope, and furthered our scientific knowledge of the Universe.

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle, is the most world’s most powerful rocket that provides an entirely new capability for exploration.

Space Launch System (SLS)

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle, is the most world’s most powerful rocket that provides an entirely new capability for exploration.

AN/ALQ-212 ATIRCM/CMWS

Advanced threat infrared countermeasures/common missile warning system (ATIRCM/CMWS)

The AN/ALQ-212(V) advanced threat infrared countermeasures/common missile warning system (ATIRCM/CMWS) suite provides protection against an array of modern, highly lethal missile attacks in all infrared threat bands.

Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Orbital Sciences Corp. originally developed the Cygnus cargo spacecraft as part of a joint research and development initiative with NASA. Cygnus consists of a common Service Module (SM) and a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM).

Antares rocket

Antares rocket

The Antares medium-class launch vehicle represents a major increase in the payload launch capability that Orbital can provide to NASA, the U.S. Air Force and commercial customers compared to its heritage small-class space launch vehicles such as Pegasus, Taurus and Minotaur. The Antares rocket can launch spacecraft weighing up to 14,000 pounds (6,400 kilograms) into low-Earth orbit, as well as lighter-weight payloads into higher-energy orbits.

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