Sunday, July 16, 2017

Relativity Space using SSC

Another commercial space company is using Stennis Space Center, Miss., to test rocket engines. Relativity Space is still keeping mum about its work, but the co-founder and CEO Tim Ellis was at a Capitol Hill meeting during the week and said the Los Angeles-based company is testing at SSC. The meeting was before the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competiveness, and the focus was on public-private space partnerships. "Relativity has begun testing of our liquid oxygen/liquid methane engine with over six dozen hot fires across multiple test articles at NASA Stennis Space Center, with plans for continued routine testing," said Ellis, a former engineer with Blue Origin. His partner, Jordan Noone, was formerly with SpaceX. (Source: GeekWire, 07/13/17) NASA, Space X, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Blue Origin also test or have tested rocket engines at SSC.