J-2X Powerpack Test Sets Record (NASA, J-2X, SLS, 06/08/12)

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    During a record-breaking June 8 test, engineers throttled the J-2X powerpack up and down several times to explore numerous operating points required for the fuel and oxidizer turbopumps. The results of this test will be useful for determining performance and hardware life for the J-2X engine turbopumps. The J-2X engine will power the upper stage of the evolved NASA¹s Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond Earth¹s orbit. The test was conducted at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is developing the J-2X engine for NASA¹s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

    Credit: NASA/SSC

    View NASA feature:
    www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/j2x/12-167.html

    More about the J-2X Engine Development:
    www.nasa.gov/j2x

    There's a Flickr photoset about the J-2X egnine development, if you'd like to know more: www.flickr.com/photos/28634332@N05/sets/72157625345364038/

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    Itinerant Wanderer, rstaff3, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. dodagp 33 months ago | reply

      Wow !!! So much power !
      Interesting image strikingly framed !!!

    2. pauline.kehoe 33 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture,fantastic.

    3. NamWizard 33 months ago | reply

      Looks more like steam, one expects more smoke and flames... But then it's the upper stage and I guess it's burning something like liquid hydrogen with liquid oxygen... Or is that outdated? Great shot! :-)

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