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Solid Rocket Motors


During the 1950s and 1960s, the company pioneered the development of solid- and liquid-fueled propulsion technology for U.S. missile and space programs. America’s earliest solid-fueled strategic missiles, including the Minuteman I and Polaris, featured Aerojet Rocketdyne motors. The company has provided propulsion for every U.S. Air Force ICBM ever fielded.

In 2020, Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies company, opened its Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) facility in Camden, Arkansas. The state-of-the-art EMD facility will expand the company’s decades-long production of solid rocket motors in Camden, where the company currently produces 75,000 solid rocket motors a year. The EMD facility was specifically designed to serve as the developmental gateway for future Aerojet Rocketdyne large solid rocket motor product opportunities like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, hypersonics, missile defense targets and small launch vehicles.

For more than 80 years the men and women of Aerojet Rocketdyne have produced solid rocket motors to support defense systems that have protected our warfighters, our nation and our allies. Today we’re building solid rocket motors incorporating advanced technologies and materials, including next generation propellants and lightweight and robust motor cases, improving performance at lower costs.

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Featured News

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Press release | 04. 18. 2024

L3Harris to Expand and Modernize Solid Rocket Motor Manufacturing in Virginia

L3Harris Technologies has entered into an agreement with Orange County, Virginia, to fund the expansion and modernization of the company’s site in the county. The effort is intended to increase solid rocket motor production while growing the company’s presence in the Commonwealth.

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Press release | 04. 18. 2024

L3Harris to Expand and Modernize Solid Rocket Motor Manufacturing in Virginia

Aerojet Rocketdyne opens new, state-of-the-art Chem Lab for testing inert and energetic solid rocket motor materials

Editorial | 11. 27. 2023

Aerojet Rocketdyne Opens New, State-of-the-Art Chem Lab for Testing Inert and Energetic Solid Rocket Motor Materials

Aerojet Rocketdyne has delivered the 830,000th Attitude Control Motor for Patriot missile system variants (Photo credit: Lockheed Martin)

Press release | 02. 27. 2023

Aerojet Rocketdyne Delivers 830,000th Attitude Control Motor for Patriot Missile as Investments Enable 40% Increase in Production

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Design Verification Test of the eSR-19

Press release | 10. 06. 2022

Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Next Generation Large Solid Rocket Motor, Demonstrates Production Maturity of Modern Facilities

New Aerojet Rocketdyne facility at the Camden, Arkansas, site consolidates solid rocket motor manufacturing to increase efficiency and capacity

Press release | 08. 09. 2022

New Aerojet Rocketdyne Facility Consolidates Solid Rocket Motor Manufacturing to Increase Efficiency and Capacity

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