1993-04-01

Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility (B-2) at the Lewis Research Center, Plum Brook Station 931437

ABSTRACT

The B-2 facility is designed to hot fire rocket engines or upper stage launch vehicles with up to 890,000 N thrust, after environmental conditioning of the test article in a simulated thermal vacuum space environment. The facility can handle cryogenic fuels and oxidizers as well as storable fuels and oxidizers. A steam ejector system maintains vacuum around the test article and on the engine discharge during the test firing. Two high speed computer systems control the test, monitor critical parameters and record all of the desired data.

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