Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

XCOR Aerospace Begins Test Firing Of Methane Rocket Engine

XCOR's new 40K test-stand with running 5M15 rocket engine
by Staff Writers
Mojave CA (SPX) Jan 17, 2007
XCOR Aerospace has completed a series of successful test firings of its new 7,500 pound thrust rocket engine. The tests were conducted as part of a $3.3 million subcontract XCOR has with Alliant Techsystems. The tests support NASA's advanced development program to obtain liquid methane rocket engine technology for future space applications. Six short-duration test fires have been completed.

The engine, designated 5M15, uses liquid methane and liquid oxygen as propellants. XCOR and ATK are developing the initial workhorse version of the 7,500 lbf LOX/methane engine for NASA. This regeneratively-cooled version of the rocket engine will also be built and tested in 2007 as part of the contract.

ATK will use the workhorse engine as a basis for the design of the prototype version of the engine that will be closer to flight weight.

"This was a great first firing," said XCOR CEO Jeff Greason. "Everything worked incredibly well. The crew put in long days and nights to get the engine and new test stand ready for today, and the results were outstanding. I could not have expected it to come out any better."

The first version of this rocket engine uses a heat-sink throat without any cooling system. Tests on this first version of the engine will characterize engine performance. The results will be used to determine the appropriate length of the rocket engine chamber for the flight-weight version.

Related Links
XCOR Aerospace
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Research Continues For Deep Space Travel Propulsion
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jan 16, 2007
Graduate students and faculty researchers at The University of Alabama in Huntsville are investigating propulsion concepts that could eventually revolutionize deep space travel. The Plasmoid Thruster Experiment (PTX) is a stepping stone to a highly efficient propulsion concept which could ultimately change how we travel in space, according to Dr. Jason Cassibry, a researcher in UAH's Propulsion Research Center.

  • XCOR Aerospace Begins Test Firing Of Methane Rocket Engine
  • Research Continues For Deep Space Travel Propulsion
  • Gravity Mission To Benefit From QinetiQ Precision
  • Russian Space Truck Arrives On Train From Factory

  • Launch Window To Open At Poker Flat Research Range
  • All Four Satellites In Healthy Condition After PSLV Launch
  • India Tests Technology For Space Vehicles
  • PSLV Successfully Launches Four Satellites

  • ISS Takes Out The Trash
  • To The Space Station And Beyond In High Definition
  • Draper-Developed Trajectory Maneuvers ISS Without Using Propellant
  • Three Makes For A Crowd This New Year In Space

  • Europe Forges Long-Term Strategy For Space Exploration
  • Starchaser Industries Wins European Space Agency Contract
  • Russia And Europe Join Forces In Space
  • Eileen Collins: An Astronaut's Endless Endeavor

  • China Upgrades Satellite Launch Tower
  • China Reports Breakthrough In Space Determination And Control Technology

  • Hunt On For Next World-Changing Gadget At US Electronics Show
  • NASA Awaits New FIRST Robotics Season
  • Futuristic Tools And Toys At Largest Consumer Electronics Show
  • Robotic Crawler Detects Wear In Power Lines

  • Opportunity Finds Another Meteorite
  • Spirit Continues To Test New Computer Smarts
  • NASA Funds Scripps Instrument For Probing For Life On Mars
  • MRO Conducts Details Survery Of Mars Pathfinder Landing Site And Surroundings

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement