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Steve Wofford: NASA to Test Space Launch System Engine

Steve Wofford: NASA to Test Space Launch System Engine - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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NASA is poised to test an engine for the Space Launch System, a rocket the agency and Boeing are building to send the Orion manned spacecraft into deep space.

Engineers at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi positioned the RS-25 rocket engine on a testing platform Thursday for developmental and certification flight tests, the agency said Thursday.

“This test series is a major milestone because it will be our first opportunity to operate the engine with a new controller and to test propellant inlet conditions for SLS that are different than the space shuttle,” said Steve Wofford, NASA manager for the SLS liquid engines element.

RS-25 is a modification of the Space Shuttle main engine used in the agency’s spaceflight missions between 1981 and 2011.

NASA says the heavy-lift rocket will have four RS-25s and is designed to propel Orion astronauts to Mars and other distant solar system destinations.

The agency awarded contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne to configure the motors for SLS missions.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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