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Low thrust rocket test facilityA low thrust chemical rocket test facility has recently become operational at the NASA-Lewis. The new facility is used to conduct both long duration and performance tests at altitude over a thruster's operating envelope using hydrogen and oxygen gas for propellants. The facility provides experimental support for a broad range of objectives, including fundamental modeling of fluids and combustion phenomena, the evaluation of thruster components, and life testing of full rocket designs. The major mechanical and electrical systems are described along with aspects of the various optical diagnostics available in the test cell. The electrical and mechanical systems are designed for low down time between tests and low staffing requirements for test operations. Initial results are also presented which illustrate the various capabilities of the cell.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Arrington, Lynn A.
(Sverdrup Technology, Inc., Cleveland OH., United States)
Schneider, Steven J.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1990
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:103206
AIAA PAPER 90-2503
Meeting Information
Joint Propulsion Conference(Orlando, FL)
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 506-42-51
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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