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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engine Launches Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope into Space

CANOGA PARK, Calif., June 11, 2008 – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s engine helped open a new window on the universe today by successfully launching a Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket powered by the RS-27A engine. It was the 136th mission for a Delta II launch vehicle, all powered by the RS-27 family of engines. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

Bringing together the astrophysics and particle physics communities, GLAST will allow scientists to study energy generated from phenomena like super-massive black holes, merging neutron stars and streams of hot gasses that move close to the speed of light.

“We are proud to be part of this effort to study the birth and early evolution of our universe, and bring greater understanding to its nature and how it behaves,” said Ron Ramos, director of Expendable Propulsion Programs at PWR.

The mission will explore extreme environments where nature harnesses energies far beyond anything possible on earth; search for signs of new laws of physics and what composes the mysterious Dark Matter; explore how black holes accelerate immense jets of matter to nearly light speed; and help crack the mysteries of the stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

Bryan Kidder
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
818 586-2213

Erin Dick
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
818 586-4977

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