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EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sustainable Innovations has delivered a Hydrogen-Based Energy Conservation System (HECS) for recovering hydrogen from various waste streams at NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC). The first of its kind, this fully integrated, solid state system is designed to recover hydrogen released from cryogenic storage or to separate hydrogen from helium used in rocket test operations. Using a proprietary electrochemical process developed by Sustainable Innovations, the HECS system can purify and compress recovered hydrogen to commercial storage pressures, facilitating its reuse for vehicle fueling and other needs. SI was tapped for this development project because of its success in hydrogen fueling pressure at significant scale while avoiding the unacceptable downtime and maintenance pitfalls that have hampered mechanical compressors. As an electrochemical-based process, energy is not wasted during compression and there are no moving parts. The result is a highly reliable system requiring very low maintenance. The HECS system delivered to NASA is the culmination of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I and Phase II efforts. The key objective was to develop the components of a large-scale hydrogen recovery and compression system. The components were designed as a modular building block for a scaled-up system to reclaim and compress large amounts of NASA Stennis Space Center's (SSC's) wasted hydrogen and helium. NASA is a major user of both gases, using upwards of 700,000 gallons of cold liquid hydrogen per shuttle rocket flight. As well, NASA uses up to 100 million cubic feet of helium per year, mainly to purge hydrogen fueling lines after firing rocket engines. With the HECS, there is now the ability to recover valuable hydrogen fuel and also separate out and recapture, an extraordinarily valuable and an increasingly scarce resource – helium gas.


-- Sustainable Innovations has delivered a Hydrogen-Based Energy Conservation System (HECS) for recovering hydrogen from various waste streams at NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC). The first of its kind, this fully integrated, solid state system is designed to recover hydrogen released from cryogenic storage or to separate hydrogen from helium used in rocket test operations. Using a proprietary electrochemical process developed by Sustainable Innovations, the HECS system can purify and compress recovered hydrogen to commercial storage pressures, facilitating its reuse for vehicle fueling and other needs. SI was tapped for this development project because of its success in hydrogen fueling pressure at significant scale while avoiding the unacceptable downtime and maintenance pitfalls that have hampered mechanical compressors. As an electrochemical-based process, energy is not wasted during compression and there are no moving parts. The result is a highly reliable system requiring very low maintenance.The HECS system delivered to NASA is the culmination of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I and Phase II efforts. The key objective was to develop the components of a large-scale hydrogen recovery and compression system. The components were designed as a modular building block for a scaled-up system to reclaim and compress large amounts of NASA Stennis Space Center's (SSC's) wasted hydrogen and helium. NASA is a major user of both gases, using upwards of 700,000 gallons of cold liquid hydrogen per shuttle rocket flight. As well, NASA uses up to 100 million cubic feet of helium per year, mainly to purge hydrogen fueling lines after firing rocket engines. With the HECS, there is now the ability to recover valuable hydrogen fuel and also separate out and recapture, an extraordinarily valuable and an increasingly scarce resource – helium gas.An important emerging application for electrochemical hydrogen compressors is the fueling of fuel cell vehicles and related energy uses for hydrogen. Currently, compressors are one of the largest capital and operating costs of hydrogen fueling stations, requiring redundancy and added expense for down time and repairs. Reliable and cost effective alternatives to standard mechanical hydrogen compressors are being sought. Sustainable Innovations' electrochemical hydrogen compressor is an elegant, quiet and effective solution with no moving parts.Sustainable Innovations' electrochemical hydrogen compression system is part of its H2RENEW™ product line. H2RENEW is an electrochemical system that separates and compresses hydrogen for industrial applications such as specialty metals and semiconductor processing as well as hydrogen energy applications. The heart of the Sustainable Innovations electrochemical hydrogen compression system is a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) platform technology. Since 2009, Sustainable Innovations has consistently and successfully demonstrated cost and performance improvements to its H2RENEW technology.Sustainable Innovations is fueled by a vision to create a paradigm shift in the way the world uses energy.  Led by its founder, Dr. Trent Molter, SI represents over three decades of innovation in the waste and energy industry.  From hydrogen renewal systems to long term energy storage products, SI develops and manufactures innovative clean energy products that deliver breakthrough efficiency and are socially responsible, to the economic benefit of companies and the ongoing sustainability of the world.


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), tested its second flight engine controller unit for its RS-25 engine that will be used on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) today at the Stennis Space Center. America’s next generation heavy-lift launch vehicle, the SLS, is powered by four RS-25 engines during its 8.5 minute climb to space. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f31bd3ff-ce23-4d8f-a7a8-e07dd3c964b4 “With today’s test, the RS-25 development and flight engines have experienced 6,848 seconds of SLS test time,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “As we prepare the engines for America’s deep space rocket, we rely on our proven engine development methodology to ensure that we are building a safe, reliable system. Between the shuttle program and the SLS program, these engines have experienced more than 1.1 million seconds of testing.” One of the most significant RS-25 engine improvements for SLS is an upgraded engine controller to implement modern electronic designs and processes for greater capabilities and reliability. The controller is critical for executing engine command and control, and tracking the RS-25 engines’ operating conditions, such as the speed of the turbopumps, combustion temperatures, thrust and propellant mixture ratio. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tested the first flight controller for the RS-25 in late March. “With every engine test at Stennis, we continue to accomplish the necessary objectives required to certify the upgraded engine control system for flight – both software and hardware,” added Drake. “Each time I hear the RS-25 rumble, I know our nation’s space program is alive and well. Across the nation, communities have companies, many of them small businesses, right in their backyard preparing the hardware necessary to return humans to deep space and onto Mars.” Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), tested its second flight engine controller unit for its RS-25 engine that will be used on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) today at the Stennis Space Center. America’s next generation heavy-lift launch vehicle, the SLS, is powered by four RS-25 engines during its 8.5 minute climb to space. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f31bd3ff-ce23-4d8f-a7a8-e07dd3c964b4 “With today’s test, the RS-25 development and flight engines have experienced 6,848 seconds of SLS test time,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “As we prepare the engines for America’s deep space rocket, we rely on our proven engine development methodology to ensure that we are building a safe, reliable system. Between the shuttle program and the SLS program, these engines have experienced more than 1.1 million seconds of testing.” One of the most significant RS-25 engine improvements for SLS is an upgraded engine controller to implement modern electronic designs and processes for greater capabilities and reliability. The controller is critical for executing engine command and control, and tracking the RS-25 engines’ operating conditions, such as the speed of the turbopumps, combustion temperatures, thrust and propellant mixture ratio. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tested the first flight controller for the RS-25 in late March. “With every engine test at Stennis, we continue to accomplish the necessary objectives required to certify the upgraded engine control system for flight – both software and hardware,” added Drake. “Each time I hear the RS-25 rumble, I know our nation’s space program is alive and well. Across the nation, communities have companies, many of them small businesses, right in their backyard preparing the hardware necessary to return humans to deep space and onto Mars.” Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), tested its second flight engine controller unit for its RS-25 engine that will be used on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) today at the Stennis Space Center. America’s next generation heavy-lift launch vehicle, the SLS, is powered by four RS-25 engines during its 8.5 minute climb to space. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f31bd3ff-ce23-4d8f-a7a8-e07dd3c964b4 “With today’s test, the RS-25 development and flight engines have experienced 6,848 seconds of SLS test time,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “As we prepare the engines for America’s deep space rocket, we rely on our proven engine development methodology to ensure that we are building a safe, reliable system. Between the shuttle program and the SLS program, these engines have experienced more than 1.1 million seconds of testing.” One of the most significant RS-25 engine improvements for SLS is an upgraded engine controller to implement modern electronic designs and processes for greater capabilities and reliability. The controller is critical for executing engine command and control, and tracking the RS-25 engines’ operating conditions, such as the speed of the turbopumps, combustion temperatures, thrust and propellant mixture ratio. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tested the first flight controller for the RS-25 in late March. “With every engine test at Stennis, we continue to accomplish the necessary objectives required to certify the upgraded engine control system for flight – both software and hardware,” added Drake. “Each time I hear the RS-25 rumble, I know our nation’s space program is alive and well. Across the nation, communities have companies, many of them small businesses, right in their backyard preparing the hardware necessary to return humans to deep space and onto Mars.” Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.


LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), was selected to provide the main propulsion for the Boeing and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) reusable Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1). Aerojet Rocketdyne is a member of the Boeing team that recently announced an agreement to collaborate with DARPA to design, build and test a technology demonstrator for the agency’s XS-1 program. The reusable experimental spaceplane is designed to deliver small satellites into orbit with high launch responsiveness. The main propulsion is based on the legacy space shuttle main engines (SSME). “As one of the world’s most reliable rocket engines, the SSME is a smart choice to power the XS-1 launch vehicle,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “This engine has a demonstrated track record of solid performance and proven reusability.” For the XS-1 program, Aerojet Rocketdyne is providing two engines with legacy shuttle flight experience to demonstrate reusability, a wide operating range and rapid turnarounds. These engines will be designated as AR-22 engines and will be assembled from parts that remained in both Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA inventories from early versions of the SSME engines. Assembly and ground testing will take place at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. “As threats to our nation’s space systems increase, it is imperative that we have the ability to rapidly deploy replacement assets,” added Drake. “This demonstration program is vitally important to maintaining assured access to space, which remains a top priority for our nation.” Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), tested its second flight engine controller unit for its RS-25 engine that will be used on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) today at the Stennis Space Center. America’s next generation heavy-lift launch vehicle, the SLS, is powered by four RS-25 engines during its 8.5 minute climb to space. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f31bd3ff-ce23-4d8f-a7a8-e07dd3c964b4 “With today’s test, the RS-25 development and flight engines have experienced 6,848 seconds of SLS test time,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “As we prepare the engines for America’s deep space rocket, we rely on our proven engine development methodology to ensure that we are building a safe, reliable system. Between the shuttle program and the SLS program, these engines have experienced more than 1.1 million seconds of testing.” One of the most significant RS-25 engine improvements for SLS is an upgraded engine controller to implement modern electronic designs and processes for greater capabilities and reliability. The controller is critical for executing engine command and control, and tracking the RS-25 engines’ operating conditions, such as the speed of the turbopumps, combustion temperatures, thrust and propellant mixture ratio. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tested the first flight controller for the RS-25 in late March. “With every engine test at Stennis, we continue to accomplish the necessary objectives required to certify the upgraded engine control system for flight – both software and hardware,” added Drake. “Each time I hear the RS-25 rumble, I know our nation’s space program is alive and well. Across the nation, communities have companies, many of them small businesses, right in their backyard preparing the hardware necessary to return humans to deep space and onto Mars.” Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.


LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), was selected to provide the main propulsion for the Boeing and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) reusable Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1). Aerojet Rocketdyne is a member of the Boeing team that recently announced an agreement to collaborate with DARPA to design, build and test a technology demonstrator for the agency’s XS-1 program. The reusable experimental spaceplane is designed to deliver small satellites into orbit with high launch responsiveness. The main propulsion is based on the legacy space shuttle main engines (SSME). “As one of the world’s most reliable rocket engines, the SSME is a smart choice to power the XS-1 launch vehicle,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “This engine has a demonstrated track record of solid performance and proven reusability.” For the XS-1 program, Aerojet Rocketdyne is providing two engines with legacy shuttle flight experience to demonstrate reusability, a wide operating range and rapid turnarounds. These engines will be designated as AR-22 engines and will be assembled from parts that remained in both Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA inventories from early versions of the SSME engines. Assembly and ground testing will take place at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. “As threats to our nation’s space systems increase, it is imperative that we have the ability to rapidly deploy replacement assets,” added Drake. “This demonstration program is vitally important to maintaining assured access to space, which remains a top priority for our nation.” Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.


LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), was selected to provide the main propulsion for the Boeing and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) reusable Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1). Aerojet Rocketdyne is a member of the Boeing team that recently announced an agreement to collaborate with DARPA to design, build and test a technology demonstrator for the agency’s XS-1 program. The reusable experimental spaceplane is designed to deliver small satellites into orbit with high launch responsiveness. The main propulsion is based on the legacy space shuttle main engines (SSME). “As one of the world’s most reliable rocket engines, the SSME is a smart choice to power the XS-1 launch vehicle,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “This engine has a demonstrated track record of solid performance and proven reusability.” For the XS-1 program, Aerojet Rocketdyne is providing two engines with legacy shuttle flight experience to demonstrate reusability, a wide operating range and rapid turnarounds. These engines will be designated as AR-22 engines and will be assembled from parts that remained in both Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA inventories from early versions of the SSME engines. Assembly and ground testing will take place at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. “As threats to our nation’s space systems increase, it is imperative that we have the ability to rapidly deploy replacement assets,” added Drake. “This demonstration program is vitally important to maintaining assured access to space, which remains a top priority for our nation.” Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.


LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), was selected to provide the main propulsion for the Boeing and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) reusable Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1). Aerojet Rocketdyne is a member of the Boeing team that recently announced an agreement to collaborate with DARPA to design, build and test a technology demonstrator for the agency’s XS-1 program. The reusable experimental spaceplane is designed to deliver small satellites into orbit with high launch responsiveness. The main propulsion is based on the legacy space shuttle main engines (SSME). “As one of the world’s most reliable rocket engines, the SSME is a smart choice to power the XS-1 launch vehicle,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “This engine has a demonstrated track record of solid performance and proven reusability.” For the XS-1 program, Aerojet Rocketdyne is providing two engines with legacy shuttle flight experience to demonstrate reusability, a wide operating range and rapid turnarounds. These engines will be designated as AR-22 engines and will be assembled from parts that remained in both Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA inventories from early versions of the SSME engines. Assembly and ground testing will take place at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. “As threats to our nation’s space systems increase, it is imperative that we have the ability to rapidly deploy replacement assets,” added Drake. “This demonstration program is vitally important to maintaining assured access to space, which remains a top priority for our nation.” Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.

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