AFRL Rocket Lab Technology Demonstration Program Completes Testing on Full-Scale Turbopump Machinery
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"Throughout testing last fall we steadily increased the speed of the pump; starting with bump tests to verify the pump was behaving as we predicted," said
The HBTD program is developing key technologies for rocket engines that employ an ORSC engine cycle - the same cycle that is used for the Aerojet Rocketdyne AR1 engine - a potential replacement engine for the Russian RD-180. The reusable HBTD demonstrator engine is a 250,000 lbf thrust class engine that is capable of up to 100 flights, and features high-performance, long-life technologies and modern materials.
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"Using the Cryogenic Rocket Engine Simulation Tool Modified code originally developed under AFRL's Upper Stage Engine Technology program, we've been able to accurately predict the behavior of the device, reducing risk as we increase our speeds," added Burnett. "We're putting to use government investments from one program and showing its versatility on another; saving money and schedule while also reducing risk to such a high-speed and high-performance device."
Glenn Mahone, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 202-302-9941 Glenn.Mahone@Rocket.com Mary Engola, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 571-289-1371 Mary.Engola@Rocket.com
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