Western Washington company plays key role in effort to have spacecraft collide with asteroid

REDMOND, Wash. — NASA crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid in the world's first planetary defense test on Monday evening and Redmond-based Aerojet...

September 29, 2022
3:04 AM

REDMOND, Wash. — NASA crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid in the world's first planetary defense test on Monday evening and Redmond-based Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the propulsion systems that helped in the historic feat.The company has been a key developer for technology used in many NASA missions including Artemis, the effort to return crewed missions to the moon.NASA's DART, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, spacecraft slammed into the small moon known as Dimorphous, which is located about 7 million miles from earth, moving at speeds of over 14,000 miles an hour.

Ranji Sinha