Linear Rocket Engine Design-Fabrication-Testing 730944
A new rocket engine concept that is presently being evaluated offers significant performance, cost, and configurational advantages. The Linear Rocket Engine System, (LRES) combines the unique performance and operational advantages of the aerospike nozzle with the configuration versatility of low cost modular combustors, which results in a high-performance rocket engine package designed specifically for use in advanced configuration vehicles. This paper describes the design, fabrication, and testing of the LRES concept to evaluate its potential for vehicle integration. The program was conducted under the sponsorship of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.