PRATT & WHITNEY AND RUSSIAN FIRM JOIN FORCES TO MARKET ROCKET ENGINES IN U.S.
PRATT & WHITNEY AND RUSSIAN FIRM JOIN FORCES TO MARKET ROCKET ENGINES IN U.S. WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Government Engines & Space Propulsion (GESP) has been selected as the exclusive United States propulsion company to represent space propulsion products developed by the former Soviet Union's leading rocket design company, NPO Energomash of Russia. The historic agreement, signed here today, defines a framework for pursuing future space-related business activities in the United States. Areas of mutual interest include rocket engines and other propulsion technologies and products. NPO Energomash selected Pratt & Whitney GESP for its technical expertise and space propulsion product synergy between the two organizations. Boris I. Katorgin, general director and designer at NPO Energomash, explained, "The mutually advantageous nature of this agreement should be especially stressed. NPO Energomash gets the opportunity to work with the very promising United States marketplace and, as a result, the possibility to use the scientific and technical experience that was created by our people. Also, Pratt & Whitney can now expand its prospects and activity in the very competitive U.S. market." "We believe this technology will enable Pratt & Whitney to offer to the government proven advance rocket propulsion systems at very competitive prices," said Robert A. Wolfe, executive vice president, Pratt & Whitney GESP. "The fact that many of these Russian technologies are state of the art and have already been developed means there is a potential for great cost savings to any future space propulsion program the U.S. government might propose," he added. NPO Energomash is a leading Russian space propulsion organization recognized for its achievements in developing powerful liquid-propellant rocket engines such as the RD-170 booster engine. The organization's engines have placed into orbit all Soviet space vehicles and payloads beginning with the first man-made earth satellite, the first manned spacecraft to the Mir space station, and the Energia with the Buran orbiter. NPO Energomash evolved form the Gas Dynamics Laboratory established in 1929 by the Soviet government. Currently located in Khimky, Moscow region, NPO Energomash includes a Design Bureau along with manufacturing and testing facilities. Pratt & Whitney GESP and its business units of Chemical Systems Division and USBI Co. develop, produce and support military jet engines and space propulsion and missile systems. The company is involved in all aspects of space propulsion including the RL10 engine, which provides upper-stage liquid propulsion; an alternate turbopump for the Space Shuttle main engine; solid propellant motors for placing payloads into orbit or on interplanetary courses; solid propellant segmented boosters for expendable launch vehicles; solid rocket missile motors; and booster separation motors. In addition the company is involved in a variety of launch services, including the design, development, assembly, design integration, processing and refurbishment of booster components for the Space Shuttle. P&W is also part of the National Aero-Space Plane propulsion team designing the engine that will enable this aircraft to fly into space from normal airport runaways. Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies, a corporation with strong technical capabilities in the aerospace arena as well as with its commercial and industrial products. United Technologies is based in Hartford, Conn., USA. Pratt & Whitney GESP is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., with Chemical Systems Division in San Jose, Calif., and USBI Co. headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., all in USA. -0- 10/26/92 /CONTACT: Robert Carroll of Pratt & Whitney GESP, 407-796-7885; or Felix Chelkis of NPO Energomash (Russia), 095-573-01-10/ CO: Pratt & Whitney; NPO Energomash ST: Florida IN: ARO SU: JVN
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