Aerojet Rocketdyne has concluded the duration test for the rocket engine designed to power NASA‘s Space Launch System.
The company performed the test on the RS-25 rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday.
“It is great to see this revered engine back in action and progressing full steam ahead for launch aboard Exploration Mission-1 in 2018,” said Julie Van Kleeck, vice president of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s advanced space and launch programs business unit.
The engine works to burn liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants.
Aerojet said it has also updated the engines’ controller systems to prepare for environmental conditions.