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News Archive / Tagged: Stennis Space Center

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne completes AR1 preburner hot-fire test

    Heather SmithMay 10th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne announced on May 3, 2017, that it completed a hot-fire test of its preburner for the AR1 rocket engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The company’s focus is to have an “American-designed and built” booster system that will replace the Russian-built RD-180 engines that are frequently used to launch U.S. national security, civil, and NASA payloads to orbit.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts record setting AR1 test

    Jose FloresFebruary 25th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne set the record for the highest chamber pressure of any United States-produced liquid oxygen and kerosene main combustion system during a Feb. 22, 2017, test at NASA's Stennis Space Center.

  • RS-25 engine test firing seen from drone

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 24th, 2017

    Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, conducted a test of the RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand. A NASA drone revealed never-before-seen imagery of the more than six-minute-long firing.

  • Space Launch System (SLS) engine testing update

    Scott JohnsonAugust 22nd, 2016

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — This past week, on August 18, SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), in south Mississippi, for the latest RS-25 engine test in preparation for its use in the agency's new super heavy-lift vehicle – the Space Launch System (SLS).

  • RS-25 engine tested for NASA’s Space Launch System

    Derek RichardsonJuly 31st, 2016

    After an early shutdown some two weeks ago, NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully hot-fired a development RS-25 engine. The full-duration test involved engine 0528 and lasted 650 seconds.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne tests first flight-ready RS-25

    Joe LatrellMarch 12th, 2016

    Work on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) reached another milestone on March 10, 2016, when Aerojet Rocketdyne test fired the RS-25 engine at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

  • RS-25 engine testing completed at NASA’s Stennis Space Center

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 1st, 2015

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed a series of tests on what was formerly known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine. These engines, dubbed the RS-25, are planned for use on NASA's new super heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System – or SLS.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully conducts hot-fire test of SLS RS-25

    Scott JohnsonAugust 14th, 2015

    Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA carried out a test of one of an RS-25 rocket engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center. The RS-25, formerly used on the space shuttle is being redeveloped and tested for use on the space agency's new Space Launch System rocket.

  • NASA signs SAA with Aerojet Rocketdyne to use Stennis test stand for AR1 engine

    Jason RhianJune 19th, 2015

    NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne have signed a Space Act Agreement (SAA ) for testing of the latter’s AR1 multi-element pre-burner and main injector. The AR1 is considered to be an important offering as it is one of several domestically-produced rocket engines which could end U.S. dependence on […]

  • NASA begins modification of B-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 22nd, 2015

    The B-2 vertical, static-firing test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, originally built to test Saturn rocket stages, is being modified to test the Space Launch System (SLS ) core stage in late 2016 and early 2017, prior to its first unmanned mission flight. The work began on May 13 with the lifting of […]

  • SLS: Development on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket blazes forward with RS-25 test

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 10th, 2015

    BAY ST. Louis, MS — 2015 is off to a hot start for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). The RS-25, the powerful engine that will propel America’s next heavy-lift rocket into deep space completed its first test of the new year in a blaze of glory. On Jan. 9, at the agency’s Stennis Space Center, […]

  • New ‘brain’ for RS-25 engine is no technological flashback to the ’80s

    NASADecember 27th, 2014

    Take a look at your current devices. Can you imagine swapping that smartphone for a gigantic cellphone from the 1980s? Surfing the Internet with dial-up speed? Working out to your favorite music with a cassette player?

  • Stennis Space Center readies For SLS engine testing

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 16th, 2014

    BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – On September 12, SpaceFlight Insider spent the afternoon at south Mississippi’s John C. Stennis Space Center – NASA’s primary engine test facility – and received an update on preparations being made at the Center for testing of the space agency’s new heavy-lift vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS).

  • Update: Antares’ AJ-26 engine failure

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 15th, 2014

    BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – On September 12, Spaceflight Insider had the opportunity to tour the Aerojet Rocketdyne facilities (Building 9101) located at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC), in south Mississippi, and speak to Rocketdyne’s SSC General Manager, Mike McDaniel, regarding the May 22 2014 failure of an AJ-26 rocket engine during a test for Orbital […]

  • SpaceX to test ‘game-changing’ rocket engine at Stennis’ E-2 Test Stand

    Scott JohnsonApril 23rd, 2014

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA in the fall of 2013 to enable the company to test components of its new liquid oxygen (LOX) and methane powered “Raptor” engine on the E-2 test stand at the space agency’s Stennis Space Center located in south […]