Before there were SpaceX, Blue Origin and other upstart space-access providers, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Orbital ATK were on the scene. Once safely ensconced as the propulsion subsystem providers of choice in the then largely government-driven space market, the two companies have been remaking themselves in the face of Silicon Valley billionaires and the impatient and commercially oriented business climate in which those competitors operate. For Aerojet and Orbital, the business ...

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