Redmond Operations Recognized As Outstanding Supplier
Aerojet's Redmond operations have been awarded United Space
Alliance's (USA) prestigious Space Flight Awareness Supplier Award,
the company announced Thursday.
With only 21 awards granted by USA throughout the last decade,
this honor is granted to companies that consistently provide
outstanding performance in support of NASA's human space flight
programs. Aerojet was nominated by USA logistics engineer, Roy
Good, and supported by USA's senior leadership panel. This award
recognizes Aerojet for the company's exceptional performance
throughout almost three decades of the nation's space shuttle
program. Specifically, Aerojet received the award for
distinguishing itself by demonstrating the highest level of product
quality, excelling in technical and cost performance and adhering
to challenging schedules.
The award was presented to Aerojet's space shuttle team today
during a special event held in Redmond, WA. Former USA CEO and
Astronaut Mike McCulley presented the award and discussed his
personal experiences aboard the shuttle. Also in attendance were
Mike Jones, vice president of Logistics and Material, Ann Martt,
vice president and program manager, Constellation; Brian Breen,
International Space Station program manager, Gary Henderson,
Supplier Relations, and Logistics Engineer Heather Baird.
In addition to the awards presentation, the Redmond team
conducted a tour of the facility to view the museum exhibit
highlighting Aerojet's contributions as far back as Apollo and as
recently as the Constellation program. Visiting guests included
Aerojet retirees and local dignitaries from Senator Murray's
office, King County Regional Representative, Sergio Cueva-Flores,
and from Senator Cantwell's office, and King County Outreach
Director, Nate Caminos, along with Staff Assistant, Tommy
Aerojet manufactures the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS)
engines and the Reaction Control System (RCS) thrusters that have
flown on every space shuttle mission since its launch inception in
1981, as well as the gas generators supporting the Auxiliary Power
Units on both the Orbiter and the Solid Rocket Boosters.
"We are extremely honored to receive this award," said Vice
President of Space and Launch Systems, Julie Van Kleeck. "From the
Apollo days through today, we are proud to play a huge role in the
advancement of space."