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PRATT & WHITNEY'S RL10 ROCKET ENGINE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES 93RD MISSION

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's launch of a General Dynamics Atlas II rocket (AC-106) marks the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) RL10 rocket engine's 93rd successful mission. It also establishes the 332nd in-space firing for the RL10.
 Two RL10A-3-3A rocket engines powered the Centaur upper-stage vehicle, which boosted a DSCS III communications satellite into orbit for use by the U.S. Air Force. Together, the engines produced 33,000 pounds of thrust. The space vehicle was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station by a General Dynamics launch team.
 The RL10, the world's first hydrogen-fueled rocket engine, has been in service for 30 years. It was designed and developed by P&W for NASA and became operational aboard the Centaur rocket in the mid-1960s. The engine is manufactured at the company's Government Engines & Space Propulsion (GESP) facility in West Palm Beach.
 To date, 200 RL10s have helped launch an array of the nation's most sophisticated communications satellites and unmanned spacecraft to explore the outer reaches of the solar system.
 P&W's GESP unit designs, develops and supports military jet engines and space propulsion systems. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, GESP includes Chemical Systems Division of San Jose, Calif., and USBI Co. with facilities in Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. P&W is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) of Hartford, Conn.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick W. Louden of Pratt & Whitney, 407-796-6793/
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