Scaled Conducts Additional Tests of RM2 Engines

RocketMotorTwo kicks up some dust during a hot fire on March 30, 2013. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
RocketMotorTwo kicks up some dust during a hot fire on March 30, 2013. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Scaled has conducted four hot fires of the RM2 engine over the past month, including the powered flight of the SpaceShipTwo on Sept. 6.

The log entries are of limited value because three of them lack details about the lengths of the hot fires. The powered flight had an engine burn of 20 seconds.

RocketMotorTwo Hot-Fire Test Summaries
Via Scaled Composites

Fire: 33
Date: 06 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: 32
Date: 06 Sep 13

Objectives:
Thirty-second 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.