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NASA'S Commercial Crew Partner Hot-Fires Launch Abort Engine



Mar. 13, 2012

Michael Braukus 
Headquarters, Washington                                     
202-358-1979 
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Candrea Thomas 
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 
321-867-2468 
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Susan Wells 
The Boeing Co. 
321-264-8580 
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Erin Dick/Carri Karuhn 
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne 
818-586-4977/818-586-4963 
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RELEASE: 12-083

NASA'S COMMERCIAL CREW PARTNER HOT-FIRES LAUNCH ABORT ENGINE

CANOGA PARK, Calif. -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, which is supporting 
The Boeing Company during the development of its CST-100 spacecraft 
in NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2), completed 
mission-duration hot-fire tests on a launch abort engine on Friday, 
March 9. The demonstration in California is one of many milestones 
Boeing is meeting for its funded Space Act Agreement during CCDev2. 

"Boeing and its contractor, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, continue to 
make good progress on milestones supporting the development of their 
commercial crew transportation capabilities," said Ed Mango, 
Commercial Crew Program program manager. "The eventual availability 
of these capabilities from a U.S. domestic provider will enhance U.S. 
competitiveness and open new markets for the U.S. aerospace 
industry."  

Boeing's Crew Space Transportation system is a reusable, 
capsule-shaped spacecraft designed to take up to seven people, or a 
combination of people and cargo, to low Earth orbit, including the 
International Space Station. Its service module and integrated launch 
abort propulsion system are designed to push the crew capsule to 
safety if an abort becomes necessary during launch or ascent. If an 
abort is not necessary, the system's propellant could be used for 
other portions of a mission, including re-boosting the orbit of the 
space station.  

"We achieved full thrust on the 40,000-pound thrust-class engine while 
validating key operating conditions during engine start-up and shut 
down," said Terry Lorier, Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne's Commercial 
Crew Development program manager, who supports Boeing's program. 

Under its fixed-price contract with Boeing, Pratt and Whitney 
Rocketdyne is combining its Attitude Control Propulsion System 
thrusters from heritage spaceflight programs, Bantam abort engine 
design and storable propellant engineering capabilities. 

"The tests provided key thermal and analytical data," Lorier said. "We 
are well on our way to providing an important propulsion system for 
safe, reliable human spaceflight." 

All of NASA's industry partners under CCDev2 continue to meet their 
established milestones in developing commercial crew transportation 
capabilities. 

For more information about NASA's Commercial Crew Program and CCDev2, 
visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew 

	
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