The Impact Of Aerojet Rocketdyne On The United States Military During World War II
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Aerojet Rocketdyne is a defense and aerospace contractor that deals heavily with the U.S. government and its various agencies such as NASA, the Missile Defense Agency and the US Air Force. However, the company also acts as a contractor and subcontractor to other companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s history dates back to the 1940’s when its co-founders from California Institute of Technology created a groundbreaking new technology called Jet Assisted Take Off, which allowed aircrafts to not only take off from short runways from U.S. Navy carriers, but for the first time in history. The founders, started the company with its facilities located in Pasadena, California under the name Aerojet Engineering Corporation. This technology proved to be immensely valuable to the US. Military during World War 2.
After World War 2 the company moved its headquarters to Sacramento and started building a variety of missiles that are still in use to this day such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, surface to air missiles and submarine launched missiles. By the 1960’s the company had over 34,000 employees supporting America’s race to space and the moon by supplying powerful rocket engines. With its vast knowledge of rocket propulsion, by 2004 Aerojet started developing the boosters for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, a technology capable of shooting down rival missiles. In 2013, Aerojet bought Pratt & Whitney 's Rocketdyne…