NASA Grants iRocket Access to Facilities to Test its Reusable Rocket Engine Written 27 July 2021


NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. | Credit: NASA

TechCrunch reports that iRocket “has entered into a new partnership with NASA in its quest to reach commercialization in just two years.” The partnership “will give iRocket access to testing facilities and engineering support, chiefly at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.” The company “is hoping that it will conduct its first rocket engine test – an on-the-ground engine firing test – at the Huntsville site in September.” The company “is earmarking $50 million over the next five years for the testing and development of its reusable engines and launch vehicle. Access to NASA facilities also means access to test stands – crucial infrastructure that provides controlled conditions for engine testing.” iRocket “will be able to conduct vacuum testing (which simulates space conditions) at the Glenn Research Center in Ohio and sea level testing at Marshall.”
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