Aerojet Rocketdyne delivers dart spacecraft propulsion systems ahead of 2021 asteroid impact mission

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The dual chemical and electric propulsion systems for NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) by Aerojet Rocketdyne have been delivered to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. The chemical propulsion system and the electric propulsion Xenon feed system have been undergoing assembly and integration onto the spacecraft structure at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s facility in Redmond, Washington, since August 2019. APL – designing, building and managing the mission for NASA – will now begin integration of the rest of the subsystems and final test of the spacecraft ahead of next year’s launch for the mission.

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