A unit of Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technology has won a $60 million contract to build a critical piece of the replacement for the Space Shuttle’s launch system.
Huntsville, Ala.-based Teledyne Brown Engineering will be building an adapter that holds the 27.5-foot-diameter launch core to the smaller 16.4-foot-diameter rocket that will power the vehicle at higher elevations. NASA’s so-called Space Launch System is designed to replace the retired Space Shuttle and handle much farther missions, taking both humans and robots as far as Mars.
The work will be done near the Marshall Spaceflight Center.
“The Space Launch System is a centerpiece program for [the spaceflight center] and a strategic capability for our nation,” Robert Mehrabian, chairman, Teledyne’s CEO, said in a press release. “We are exceedingly pleased to be selected for this work and to build on our more than 50-year history with NASA.”
Teledyne Brown Engineering has worked on every spaceflight system since Apollo, the company said.