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Launcher to Test Rocket Engine at NASA Stennis

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
April 15, 2020
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A rendering of Launcher’s engine test stand that will be built at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (Credit: Launcher)

NEW YORK (Launcher PR) — We are honored to announce that Launcher has executed a Space Act Agreement with NASA Stennis Space Center for the location of our full-scale test fire facility.

The first campaign is expected this summer as part of Launcher’s U.S. Air Force SBIR Phase II contract to test-fire Launcher E-2, our 22,000-lbf thrust, 3D printed liquid rocket engine.

We are thankful for the opportunity to test our engines at such a capable and historic liquid rocket engine testing center.

Launcher continues to be headquartered in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and to operate its sub-scale testing facility on Long Island, NY in Calverton, Riverhead.

2 responses to “Launcher to Test Rocket Engine at NASA Stennis”

  1. savuporo says:

    Is it just me or is this the most annoyingly branded rocket startup ? Could have called your company just “Rocket” too

    It’s hard to make out what that article is even saying .. oh, they are testing a launcher at Stennis .. which launcher, Conestoga ?

    EDIT: Well, i’ll be damned. Their first rocket is called Rocket-1

    • duheagle says:

      I don’t know, is it? You might want to check your blood pressure just to see if it’s really the most annoying or if that honor belongs to some other NewSpace company upon which you have also chosen to lavish your customary scorn and contempt.

      What the press release says seems pretty straightforward. Launcher – the company – has a 22,000 lbf rocket engine they need to test. It now has a deal to build its test stand on the Stennis Space Center property and expects said stand to be operational by summer.

      As you apparently followed the link to the company’s website to find out the name of their in-the-works launch vehicle, perhaps you also noted that the engine mentioned in the press release is an oxygen-rich staged combustion kerolox design – an impressively sophisticated piece of hardware, if it works. That, it seems, we should know within a few months.

      For what it’s worth, Launcher has my wish that the worst problem it encounters is the accent barrier between Mississippians and Brooklynites.

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