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Scott Bartel of Blacksky Corp. and Trong Bui, principal investigator for the aerospace rocket experiment at NASA Dryden, install the rocket data acquisition system into the first of two solid-fueled aerospike research rockets flown in March 2004.
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Trong Bui, principal investigator for the aerospike rocket experiment at NASA Dryden, and Scott Bartel of Blacksky Corp. connect a laptop computer to the internal rocket data acquisition system on the aerospike research rocket tested in Texas. The goals of the flight research project were to obtain aerospike rocket nozzle performance data in flight and to investigate the effects of transonic flow and transient flight conditions on aerospike nozzle performance.
NASA photo by Carla Thomas
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Trong Bui, NASA Dryden's principal investigator for the aerospike rocket tests, holds the first of two 10-ft. long rockets that were flown at speeds up to Mach 1.5, the first known supersonic tests of rockets with aerospike nozzles.
NASA photo by Tom Tschida