Thruster Tests Complete for NASA Partner Boeing’s Crew Capsule

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Thruster Tests Complete for NASA Partner Boeing’s Crew Capsule

CANOGA PARK, Calif. — Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne has successfully finished a array of tests on a thruster unfailing for Boeing’s Commercial Space Transportation spacecraft, designated CST-100.

Boeing is one of several companies operative to rise organisation travel capabilities underneath a Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The idea of a module is to assistance coax creation and growth of safe, arguable and cost-effective booster and launch vehicles able of transporting astronauts to low Earth circuit and a International Space Station.

Twenty-four thrusters will be partial of a spacecraft’s orbital maneuvering and opinion control complement (OMAC), giving a CST-100 a ability to scheme in space and during re-entry. The thrusters also will concede a booster to apart from a launch car if an cancel becomes required during launch or ascent.

“Boeing and Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne know what it takes to rise protected systems and subsystems,” pronounced NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager Ed Mango. “They’re building on a successes of their past, while pulling a pouch with next-generation ideas to emanate a booster for low Earth circuit transportation.”

During tests conducted during a White Sands Space Harbor in Las Cruces, N.M., an OMAC thruster was dismissed in a opening cover that unnatural a space-like sourroundings of 100,000 feet. The tests accurate a continuance of a thrusters in impassioned heat, evaluated a opening and shutting of a valves and arguable continual explosion and performance.

“We’re vehement about a opening of a engine during a contrast and assured a OMAC thrusters will affordably accommodate operational needs for safe, arguable tellurian spaceflight,” pronounced Terry Lorier, Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne’s Commercial Crew Development module manager.

All of NASA’s attention partners, including Boeing, continue to accommodate their determined milestones in building blurb organisation travel capabilities.

NASA also is building a Orion booster and Space Launch System (SLS), a organisation plug and heavy-lift rocket that will yield an wholly new capability for tellurian scrutiny over low Earth orbit. Designed to be stretchable for rising booster for organisation and load missions, SLS and Orion will enhance tellurian participation over low Earth circuit and capacitate new missions of scrutiny opposite a solar system.

For some-more information about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

 

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