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Stennis prepares to test rocket engine component

HANCOCK COUNTY — The E-2 Test Stand team at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center is moving ahead in preparations for testing a vital component for a next-generation rocket engine test stand under construction onsite.

Testing on the three-module chemical steam generator (CSG) is designed to verify and validate the unit’s fabrication, confirming it will perform as needed. The tests also will provide critical data about operating the unit in an efficient manner.

The new A-3 Test Stand will use nine three-module CSG units to generate superheated steam needed to create a vacuum. The vacuum will allow operators to test next-generation rocket engines at simulated high altitudes up to 100,000 feet. Testing at such simulated altitudes is critical for next-generation engines necessary to carry humans into deep space.

The E-2 test team has been preparing for the test series for months. It recently completed its activation test readiness review and now is moving forward with a series of flow tests to make sure the stand is ready for full CSG testing. Various flow tests will be conducted in March and April in preparation for a final test readiness review in early May.

Testing is expected to begin soon afterward and be completed by the end of June.

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