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Resource Guide - Aerojet Rocketdyne: Then, Now & to the Future

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

Thank you for your interest in this Saturday Speaker Series presentation! We hope you enjoyed this informative discussion with Jack DeBoer and will consider joining us for future events.

View below for a recording of the presentation and additional resources.


From early plat development to the new age, a quiet but internationally known company, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, is located on an interesting historical site in Redmond. The York site, as it was known, has gone through some remarkable changes that stretch from a dead-beat dad’s prison to active involvement with spacecraft beyond our solar system.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader, providing propulsion and power for space, missile defense and strategic systems. Aerojet was called the "General Motors of United States Rocketry" by Time magazine in 1958. Five years later, the company employed 34,000 people working on missiles such as the Polaris, Minuteman, Trident, and Titan. Join us on Saturday, September 10, as Jack Deboer recalls the Redmond site’s history, starting with the Stockade—also known as Lazy Husband’s Farm in the 1920s—transitioning to site development in the late 1960s, to what the company does today.

Speaker bio:

Jack DeBoer is a Program Manager at Aerojet-Rocketdyne, who leads teams that develop and support the fabrication of propulsion systems and rocket engines for launch and space vehicles. He holds a MS in Program Management, a MS in Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jack has been in involved with rocket engines for 38 years in the space industry.

Jack lives on the Eastside and enjoys fishing and home renovation projects during down time.



To learn more about Aeroject Rocketdyne:


To learn more about space exploration past and present:


See space exploration on the big screen:

The Right Stuff (1983)

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