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Acceptance examinations complete

Vibration and hot fire acceptance testing on the first development MR-104G mono-propellant rocket engine planned for use on NASA's Orion Crew Module (CM) has been successfully completed by Aerojet, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA.
Tweleve160-lb thrust MR-104G engines, arranged in four single-engine pods and four dual-engine pods, provide the full complement of primary and redundant control required for critical maneuvers upon re-entry into the atmosphere.
Completion of the MR-104G acceptance testing was a critical milestone in the development of the Orion crew module propulsion system. This verification engine will be used to demonstrate Orion-specific performance and life requirements in support of the spacecraft's initial orbital flight.
“This testing success is a culmination of great teamwork on the design and risk reduction efforts,” said Aerojet Orion program manager, Kim Wierenga. “It is exciting to reach a point where Aerojet is verifying several new design features that enable this thruster to fly on Orion's first flight.”
 


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