Aerojet Tests Advanced Hydrogen Peroxide Rocket Engine Injector
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The test, which consists of the full-scale Tri-Fluid Injector, a workhorse chamber, a turbine simulator, and a 98 percent hydrogen peroxide catalyst bed provided by General Kinetics, was performed under sea-level conditions. This initial test is the first of many over the next several weeks to demonstrate the Tri-Fluid Injector's performance, operability and throttleability. Additional heat transfer data will be acquired to apply towards the technology readiness of the ARRE's peroxide-cooled thrust chamber.
"We are extremely pleased with the results of this initial test which represents the hard work and innovative engineering from our ARRE team over several years," said Scott Jennings, Aerojet Advanced Reusable Rocket Engine program manager. "This test, which is a significant technology achievement for the Air Force, will also support the continued development of the ARRE, which is representative of the kind of space propulsion enabling technologies being pursued in the Department of Defense's new National Aerospace Initiative."
Aerojet is conducting the Tri-Fluid Injector test in its new, state-of-the-art hydrogen peroxide engine test facility, which was built for hands-on development of rocket engines containing environmentally friendly hydrogen peroxide propellants. This facility, which is also being used to test NASA's Integrated System Test of an Airbreathing Rocket injectors and other Aerojet research and development efforts, is capable of testing rocket engines up to 100,000 pounds of thrust and provides both sea level and altitude test conditions. "Since its grand opening in January 2002, we have had continuous use of this facility which is providing Aerojet with valuable safety and handling experience with hydrogen peroxide as a propellant," said Rick Simonsen, Manager of Aerojet's Test Operations. The peroxide test facility, which is located at Aerojet's Sacramento plant, allows for close coordination between Aerojet's engineering and test operations personnel.
Aerojet's Advanced Reusable Rocket Engine utilizes non-toxic hydrogen peroxide and closed-cycle rocket engine technologies to improve engine reusability, operability and performance for future Air Force in-space vehicle operations.
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