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Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Test Launch Abort System Engine
06.20.12
 
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Narrator: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully hot-fired the launch abort engine it is developing for The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft in Canoga Park, California, on March 9.

During the test, the 40,000-pound thrust-class engine achieved full thrust and validated key operating conditions during engine start-up and shut down.

The engine is part of the system designed to push the CST-100 crew capsule to safety if an abort becomes necessary during launch or ascent.

It’s all part of showing Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft could one day be capable of transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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