NASA, Industry and Air Force Team Achieves Critical Milestone in Liquid Oxygen-Liquid Methane Engine Development Program
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
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At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., NASA, industry and the U.S. Air Force test an engine fueled by liquid oxygen and liquid methane. The "LOX-methane" test -- believed to be longest in duration for such an engine developed and hot-fire tested in the United States -- fuels the promise of using such technology to support the Vision for Space Exploration. The vision plans for a return to the moon, human exploration of Mars and journeys throughout the solar system in coming years. The successful test comes three years into a collaboration by the Marshall Center, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and KT Engineering Corporation in Huntsville. (NASA/MSFC/T. Leibold)
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