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Blue Origin sign up historic test stand for engine testing

18 Apr 2019, 18:43 UTC
Blue Origin sign up historic test stand for engine testing
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Blue Origin has signed a Commercial Space Launch Act agreement with NASA for the use of the historic 4670 test stand at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Despite setting up its own in-house test stands, including one that is being constructed at this Cape Canaveral launch site, Blue Origin is now also set to test BE-3U and BE-4 engines at the famous test center using the same stand the mighty Saturn V F-1 engines fired up in the 1960s.

Under a Commercial Space Launch Act agreement, Blue Origin will upgrade and refurbish Test Stand 4670, at MSFC in Huntsville, Alabama, to support testing of their BE-3U and BE-4 rocket engines.
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NASA identified the 300-foot-tall, vertical firing test stand at Marshall as an underutilized facility and posted a notice of availability in 2017 to gauge commercial interest in its use. Blue Origin responded and a team was commissioned to begin exploring the proposed partnership.
Under the agreement, Blue Origin will pay for the investments it makes to prepare the test stand for use, as well as any direct costs NASA incurs as a result of Blue Origin use ...

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