Stennis Announces New Rocket Engine Testing Opportunity
 
NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center Director Gene Goldman (center) stands in front of a
NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center Director Gene Goldman (center) stands in front of a "pathfinder" rocket engine with Orbital Sciences Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer J.R. Thompson (left) and Aerojet President Scott Seymour during a Feb. 24 news briefing at the south Mississippi facility. The leaders appeared together to announce a partnership for testing Aerojet AJ26 rocket engines at Stennis. The engines will be used to power Orbital’s Taurus® II space vehicles to provide commercial cargo transportation missions to the International Space Station for NASA.

Operators at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center are completing modifications to the E-1 Test Stand to begin testing Aerojet AJ26 rocket engines in early summer.
Operators at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center are completing modifications to the E-1 Test Stand to begin testing Aerojet AJ26 rocket engines in early summer. Modifications included construction of a 27-foot-deep flame deflector trench. The AJ26 rocket engines will be used to power Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Taurus® II space vehicles to provide commercial cargo transportation missions to the International Space Station for NASA.