Let's Get It Started!
NASA engineers conducted the first in a new round of tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine Feb. 15 at Stennis Space Center. The 35-second test continued progress in development of the engine that will provide upper-stage power for NASA's new Space Launch System, which will enable missions farther into space than ever. The SLS Program is managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The new round of tests on J-2X engine number 10002 on the A-2 Test Stand at Stennis will provide critical performance data for the engine. Once the series is completed, the engine will be transferred to the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis to undergo a series of gimbal (or pivot) tests for the first time. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen engine developed in the United States in decades. It is being designed and built by NASA and partner Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif.
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