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Rocket Motor Test Helps NASA's Shuttle and Ares I
June Malone/Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Photo release: 07-062

NASA's Space Shuttle Program successfully fired a reusable solid rocket motor May 24 at a Utah facility. + Large (2848 x 4288, 300 ppi)
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NASA’s static firing of a full-scale, full-duration flight support motor was performed at 2 p.m. CDT on May 24 at ATK Launch Systems Group, a unit of Alliant Techsystems Inc. in Promontory, Utah, where the shuttle's solid rocket motors are manufactured. The flight support motor burned for approximately 123 seconds, the same duration each reusable solid rocket motor burns during an actual space shuttle launch. The Reusable Solid Rocket Booster Project Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages these tests to qualify any proposed changes to the rocket motor and to determine whether new materials perform as well as those now in use. (ATK)

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