P&W Successfully Completes Hot-Fire Test on 2nd RS-68A Certification EngineCanoga Park, Calif. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on the second and final RS-68A certification test engine, paving the way for its use in powering heavy-lift launch vehicles into space. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
The RS-68A is an upgrade of the RS-68 engine, and is a liquid-hydrogen/liquid-oxygen booster engine designed to provide increased thrust and improved fuel efficiency for the Delta IV family of launch vehicles. Like the RS-68, RS-68A engines will be used to boost the Delta IV rocket, but each RS-68A engine will provide 705,000 pounds of lift-off thrust, or 42,000 more pounds of thrust than a basic RS-68 engine. This test series was designed to demonstrate operation of the RS-68A engine over a wide-range of operating conditions that will help verify compliance with customer requirements.
The Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2014-2024
"The second RS-68A certification engine E30102 was successfully hot-fire tested for more than 2,900 seconds over a series of 12 tests," said Jim Tibble, RS-68A engine development project manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. "The team has done an amazing job in completing a challenging development and certification test program, and will now proceed through a series of design audits culminating in the Design Certification Review planned for the first quarter of 2011."
Your company’s press release on ASDNews and to thousands of other journalists and editors? Use our ASDWire press release distribution service.
Source : Pratt & Whitney, A United Technologies Company (NYSE:UTX)
Jun 22 - 24, 2015 - Fort Bragg, United States