Firing Up the Shuttle: 25 Years Since the Last Flight Readiness Firing (Part 2)

Each Flight Readiness Firing (FRF) presented the opportunity to extensively test the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) in as close to real-flight operations. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, on 6 April 1992, the roar of three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) echoed across the marshy landscape of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in […]

Firing Up the Shuttle: 25 Years Since the Last Flight Readiness Firing (Part 1)

Before each orbiter’s maiden voyage, the Space Shuttle Program completed a Flight Readiness Firing (FRF) of the three main engines. The last FRF, by Endeavour, occurred 25 years ago, this week. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-minus 31 seconds…Endeavour’s four redundant computers have primary control of critical vehicle functions for the remainder of the count…”

Twenty-five […]

NASA-Stennis Observes 50th Anniversary of First Saturn V Test-Firings

A colossal pall of smoke rises above the A-2 Test Stand at the Mississippi Test Facility on 23 April 1966, as NASA test-fires the J-2 engines for the S-II second stage of the Saturn V. Fifty years later, as Stennis Space Center, the journey continues. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, tomorrow, on 23 […]

NASA Contracts With Aerojet Rocketdyne to Restart RS-25 Engine Production for SLS

The opening salvo of four Space Launch System (SLS) flights, beginning with Exploration Mission (EM)-1 in November 2018, will contain a core stage powered by four clustered RS-25D engines. Image Credit: NASA

More than four years since three of its kind were last fired in anger, on 8 July 2011, to deliver Atlantis’ STS-135 […]

Firing Up the Shuttle: Looking Back at the Flight Readiness Firings (Part 2)

For the final time in the 30-year shuttle program, Endeavour’s engines blaze for their Flight Readiness Firing (FRF) on 6 April 1992. Photo Credit: NASA

“Three engines up. All going well.”

Thirty years ago, last week, the three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) of the orbiter Atlantis roared to life and burned fiercely for […]

Final J-2X Test-Fire Conducted at A-1 Test Stand, NASA / Aerojet Rocketdyne Ready to Test RS-25

One final test for J-2X Engine No. 10002. Photo Credit: NASA / Stennis Space Center

BAY ST. LOUIS, Ms — On Thursday, Sept. 5, NASA along with Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted a test firing of a J-2X rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The hot-fire was conducted in order to test the engine for […]

Test Stand Readied to Test RS-25 Rocket Engine for SLS

NASA is currently working to prepare the A-1 Test Stand at the space agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing the RS-25 rocket engine seen in the inset. Photo Credit: NASA (Inset Alan Walters / AmericaSpace)

In the latter half of 2014 NASA plans to launch the first of its Orion spacecraft and […]

Apollo Test Stand Re-Purposed For SLS

The B-2 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is undergoing renovations to prepare it for testing of Space Launch Systems. Photo Credit: NASA/SSC

One of the test stands at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi which supported the development of the Saturn family of launch vehicles is now being tapped to test engines […]

Hot-fire Tests Steering the Future of NASA's Space Launch System Engines

A new record was set April 4 for J-2X engine test firings when the engine was fired for 570 seconds on the A-2 test stand at Stennis. With the completion of the test series on this stand, the engine will now be moved to the A-1 test stand where it will undergo gimbaling tests […]