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SpaceDev Conducts Hot-Fire Test Of Hybrid Upper Stage Rocket Motor

All the action at the test site.
by Staff Writers
Poway CA (SPX) Feb 02, 2007
SpaceDev has announced that it has completed a series of three hot-fire tests of its hybrid upper stage motor, part of the SpaceDev Streaker Small Launch Vehicle development program. The tests demonstrated the ability to restart a partially spent motor grain and tested a new injector configuration intended to improve motor performance and stability. The tests were conducted at SpaceDev's new hybrid rocket test site in southern Orange County, CA, which will eventually be upgraded to accommodate test firings of larger and more powerful motors.

"These events successfully conclude this phase of motor firings intended to demonstrate the performance and stability of SpaceDev's hybrid upper stage motor configuration," said Mark N. Sirangelo, SpaceDev's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are very pleased with the results of the series, in particular, the demonstration of restartability of this hybrid configuration. The results help to validate a capability of the hybrid motors important for both launch vehicle and orbital transfer applications."

SpaceDev is developing its hybrid upper stage technology under contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards AFB.

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