Scaled Conducts 9 RocketMotorTwo Ground Tests in 3 Months

A hybrid motor hot fire conducted at a Mojave test site in January 2013. (Credit: Douglas Messier)
A hybrid motor hot fire conducted at a Mojave test site in January 2013. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Engineers have been busy over the last three months conducting 9 ground tests of SpaceShipTwo’s hybrid engines. At least one of these tests was of an alternative to rubber/nitrous oxide engine design that SpaceShipTwo has been using to conduct powered test flights.

RocketMotorTwo Hot-Fire Test Summaries
Via Scaled Composites

Fire:37
Date:07 Nov 13

Objectives:
Thirty-seventh full scale flight design RM2 hot-fire. Continued evaluation of all systems and components:
– Pressurization
– Valve/Injector
– Fuel formulation and geometry
– Nozzle
– Structure
– Performance

Results:
All objectives completed.


Fire:36
Date:24 Oct 13

Objectives:
Thirty-sixth full scale flight design RM2 hot-fire. Continued evaluation of all systems and components:
– Pressurization
– Valve/Injector
– Fuel formulation and geometry
– Nozzle
– Structure
– Performance

Results:
All objectives completed.


Fire:35
Date:14 Oct 13

Objectives:
Thirty-fifth full scale flight design RM2 hot-fire. Continued evaluation of all systems and components:
– Pressurization
– Valve/Injector
– Fuel formulation and geometry
– Nozzle
– Structure
– Performance

Results:
All objectives completed.


Fire:34
Date:03 Oct 13

Objectives:
Thirty-fourth full scale flight design RM2 hot-fire. Continued evaluation of all systems and components:
– Pressurization
– Valve/Injector
– Fuel formulation and geometry
– Nozzle
– Structure
– Performance

Results:
All objectives completed.


Fire:33
Date:12 Sep 13

Objectives:

Thirty-third full scale flight design RM2 hot-fire. Continued evaluation of all systems and components:
– Pressurization
– Valve/Injector
– Fuel formulation and geometry
– Nozzle
– Structure
– Performance

Results:
All objectives completed.


Fire:31
Date:22 Aug 13

Objectives:
Thirty-first full scale flight design RM2 hot-fire. Continued evaluation of all systems and components:
– Pressurization
– Valve/Injector
– Fuel formulation and geometry
– Nozzle
– Structure
– Performance

Results:
All objectives completed.

 


Fire:30
Date:06 Aug 13

Objectives:
Thirtieth full scale flight design RM2 hot-fire. Continued evaluation of all systems and components:
– Pressurization
– Valve/Injector
– Fuel formulation and geometry
– Nozzle
– Structure
– Performance

Results:
All objectives completed.