A-3 Test Stand to Mark Several Construction Milestones in 2010
 
Construction on the A-3 Test Stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center continued throughout 2009.
Construction on the A-3 Test Stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center continued throughout 2009 with erection of the structural steel frame and installation of several liquid oxygen, isopropyl alcohol and waters tanks at the site. Now, the focus falls on several construction milestones to be reached in the new year. Scheduled for completion in 2011, the new stand will allow testing of the next generation of rocket engines at simulated altitudes of up to 100,000 feet. Such testing is critical for engines that will carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit once more.

The A-3 Test Stand site at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center is a busy place as work progresses on several fronts.
The A-3 Test Stand site at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center is a busy place as work progresses on several fronts. Installation of liquid oxygen, isopropyl alcohol and water tanks (to the left of the stand) continues, as does work to install water delivery system piping (to the right of the stand). General work continues on the steel frame as well, all in preparation for several construction milestones set for 2010.