Saturday, May 5, 2012

AJ26 has acceptance test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center conducted a 55-second hot-fire engine acceptance test of the Aerojet AJ26 engine E9 on Thursday. The test on the E-1 test stand involved engineers from NASA, Orbital Science Corp. and Aerojet. After test data is reviewed and the engine inspected, it will be shipped to the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for installation on Orbital's Antares rocket. A pair of Aerojet engines will provide first-stage power for the rockets on missions to the International Space Station. Orbital is a partner in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services joint research and development program. (Source: NASA/SSC, 05/03/12)