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New Round of J-2X Testing Kicks Off at Stennis

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:18 pm via: NASA
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NASA engineers conducted the first in a new round of tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine Feb. 15 at Stennis Space Center. The 35-second test continued progress in development of the engine that will provide upper-stage power for NASA’s new Space Launch System, which will enable missions farther into space than ever.

Image credit: NASA/SSC

Image credit: NASA/SSC

The SLS Program is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The new round of tests on J-2X engine number 10002 on the A-2 Test Stand at Stennis will provide critical performance data for the engine. Once the series is completed, the engine will be transferred to the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis to undergo a series of gimbal (or pivot) tests for the first time. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen engine developed in the United States in decades. It is being designed and built by NASA and partner Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif.

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