AJ26 Engine Acceptance Test Successfully Conducted

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A successful acceptance test of the AJ26 engine on Aug. 8, 2013. (Credit: NASA)

A successful acceptance test of the AJ26 engine on Aug. 8, 2013. (Credit: NASA)

Via Orbital Sciences Corporation

On August 8, 2013 Orbital and its Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA teammates successfully conducted a 54 second hot fire acceptance test of an AJ26 engine. The AJ26 used in this test will be one of two engines that will power the first stage of Orbital’s Antares rocket in its second mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) agreement with NASA. The mission, dubbed Orb-2, is scheduled to occur in 2014. The test was conducted at NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.