Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Tests Orion Propulsion Technology | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.23.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.20.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.23.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.20.15

Tue, Apr 07, 2009

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Tests Orion Propulsion Technology

Methane/Oxygen Motors Will Send Humans To Moon, Mars and Beyond

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne completed a series of successful hot-fire tests for a propulsion system that could lead to increased mission capability and flexibility in sending humans to the moon, Mars and beyond.

During the tests at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH a 25 pound-force thruster testbed successfully demonstrated cooling with gaseous methane and gaseous oxygen, as well as rapid start and stop at simulated altitude conditions. The tests also gathered a wide range of data on ignition and combustion performance. A test program highlight was the igniter demonstration of split-second pulses that emulate how a spacecraft may perform during a mission.

"These successful tests mark another milestone for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's contribution to the US Space Exploration Policy," said Terry Lorier, program manager, Space Propulsion Systems Development, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. "It demonstrates our team is ready to proceed with development of this technology, and provides data in support of NASA's upcoming decision on whether to baseline oxygen and methane as propellants for use on future NASA vehicles and missions."

The hot-fire testing was conducted as part of the Propulsion and Cryogenics Advanced Development (PCAD) project under NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP). The goal is to develop and demonstrate key technologies that will enable NASA to conduct future human exploration missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Testing was conducted at NASA Glenn Research Center under contract management from NASA Johnson Space Center.

FMI: www.pratt-whitney.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 03.25.15: HR476 Opposed, AEA2015 LIVE Schedule, Airbus' 9000th A/C

Also: Nanchang CJ-6A, USAF T-X Program, UK AAIB Withholds Info, Aussie Aero-Politics, GPS Errors Found, ATC Reform House Bill HR 476 will eliminate G.I. training benefits for those>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.26.15)

Addison Pemberton's Boeing Model 40 The first Model 40 was built for a 1925 U.S. Post Office competition as a replacement for the converted military de Havillands that had carried >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.26.15): Few Clouds

An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, descriptive of a sky cover of 1/8 to 2/8.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.26.15)

“NBAA will continue to monitor the situation and pursue all available options to ensure access to and the future viability of Santa Monica airport, which is not only an impor>[...]

ANN FAQ: View Aero-News YOUR Way... The 'Headlines Only' Option

Choose How YOU Want To View Your Aero News: 'Headlines Only' Mode We're all pretty excited about the new website design here at ANN, but we HAVE heard from some of you that you lik>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC