NASA Test Fires New Rocket Engine for Commercial Space Vehicle
Fire and steam signal a successful test firing of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Aerojet AJ26 rocket engine at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center. AJ26 engines will be used to power Orbital's Taurus II space vehicle on commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station. On Nov. 10, operators at Stennis' E-1 Test Stand conducted a 10-second test fire of the engine, the first of a series of three verification tests. Orbital has partnered with NASA to provide eight missions to the ISS by 2015.