HAMPTON, Va. (NASA PR) — NASA is developing next-generation small rocket engines to help reduce the cost of NASA and commercial spacecraft destined for the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
NASA’s Thruster for the Advancement of Low-temperature Operation in Space (TALOS) project is developing small thrusters to reduce overall spacecraft mass and power, which will reduce mission costs. The thrusters can make alterations in a spacecraft’s flight path or altitude and can be used to enter orbit and descend to the surface of another world. They can also serve as main propulsion thrusters for landers.
A bit more news on DARPA’s work on hypersonics, courtesy of Arnold Air Force Base’s Public Affairs Officer Philip Lorenz III. He wrote the following story about a recent test done at the base on DARPA’s Falcon Combined Cycle Engine Test (FaCET) article:
Officials at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) are heralding a successful first freejet test on a dual mode, combined ram/scramjet hypersonic engine in the center’s Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU), a major milestone on two fronts.