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Stennis Space Center MI (SPX) Jun 14, 2011
An Aerojet AJ26 flight engine for Orbital Sciences Corporations' Taurus II space launch vehicle experienced a premature shutdown during a test firing on June 9. The test was conducted on the E-1 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center. Orbital and Aerojet are investigating the cause of the early shutdown. Stennis will perform checkouts to the facility to ensure its operational integrity.
"This is the reason we test engines here at Stennis before they are installed on launch vehicles," said David Liberto, AJ26 engine project manager at Stennis. "Engine testing is a vital component of ensuring missions are successfully launched."
The AJ26 engine test supports Orbital's development activities to provide commercial cargo resupply flights to the International Space Station in 2012. The company is scheduled to demonstrate its Taurus II rocket and its Cygnus cargo transportation system in a mission later this year under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) research and development initiative.
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ISRO to begin flight testing of GSLV MkIII in next two years
New Delhi, India (IANS) Jun 09, 2011
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday said it will start flight testing of the GSLV Mk III for launching four-tonne class of satellites in the next two years. Addressing the National Technology Summit here, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the space agency would be completing work on the Astrosat and the Aditya projects by 2012 and 2013 respectively. "In the next ... read more
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