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NASA Begins SLS Sound Suppression Testing, Prepares for Engine Testing This Summer

A 5-percent scale model of the Space Launch System (SLS) is ignited for five seconds to measure the effects acoustic noise and pressure have on the vehicle at liftoff. The green flame is a result of the ignition fluid that is burned along with the propellant during this short-duration test.Image/Caption Credit: NASA/MSFC/David Olive

NASA’s [...]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary of First Solar Electric Propulsion Mission

Image Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced today that it is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of its first Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) mission. 

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Q-and-A: Engineer Talks Future of 3D-Printed Rocket Engines

Just last month, Aerojet Rocketdyne tested out a rocket engine fuel injector that was produced by 3D printing. AmericaSpace spoke with Jeff Haynes, a program manager working to develop this technology for space flight purposes. He talked about the first test, what the limitations are for 3D-printed parts, as well as the ramifications for [...]

NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Test 3D Printed Rocket Engine Component

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have successfully conducted a hot-fire test of a component they constructed using additive manufacturing technology, more commonly known as “3D printing.” Photo Credit: NASA / Glenn

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have recently completed a series of “hot-fire” tests on a rocket engine that utilized additive manufacturing,  or “3D printing,” parts. [...]

Wallops Flight Facility Enters Spotlight With Orbital's Antares Launch

With the addition of Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket to the Wallops Flight Facility manifest, the sleepy center takes center stage in terms of commercial space operations. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — Until recently, NASA’s Wallops Research Center, located in Virginia, was one of NASA’s lesser-known centers. This perception is [...]

Orbital's Antares Rocket Rolls Out to Pad in Preparation for First COTS Mission

Orbital Science Corporation and NASA are preparing for the launch of the first of Orbital’s Antares rockets. Launch is tentatively slated to take place April 17. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — It was an early, cold morning, but with the sunrise came the ascension of Antares. NASA and Orbital Sciences [...]

ATK Successfully Ground Tests New CASTOR 30XL Upper Stage Solid Rocket Motor

Photo Caption: ATK successfully tested its CASTOR® 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor March 27, at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) in Tennessee. Photo Credit: ATK and AEDC

Motor will be used for NASA Commercial and Government Launch Vehicles

Arlington, Va., March 28, 2013 — ATK (NYSE: ATK) successfully tested its [...]

SpaceX Conducts Fourth Successful Grasshopper Launch, Doubles Previous Altitude

The successful fourth test flight of SpaceX’s 10-story tall Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicle (VTVL), set to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”  Video Credit: SpaceX

This past Saturday, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, performed a fourth test flight of their Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicle (VTVL) at the company’s rocket development [...]

Progress In, Progress Out at International Space Station

Photo Credit: NASA

One of Russia’s unmanned Progress resupply spacecraft left the International Space Station (ISS) Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. The departure was timed to make way for a new Progress, which is currently slated to arrive at the orbiting laboratory and workshop Monday. 

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On @ The 90: NASA Re-Reaches for the Nuclear Future

NASA is revisiting sources of propulsion that could greatly aid crews visiting distant locations in our solar system. Photo Credit: MSFC / Emmett Given

Research at the Marshall Space Flight Center has picked up on an old thread to advance rocket technology. Known as the Nuclear Thermal Rocket, this technology uses the heat generated [...]