The E-1 stand used for the test is located in the E complex at the Stennis Space Center and was modified by Stennis over the past year to accommodate the Taurus II program’s AJ26 first-stage engine. Modifications included conversion from horizontal test orientation to vertical orientation through construction of a below-grade flame duct and the addition of subcooled liquid oxygen supply capability. Each engine pulled from Aerojet’s stock in Sacramento, CA, and subsequently modified to the AJ26 configuration, will be acceptance tested at Stennis prior to being shipped to the Taurus II integration site at Wallops Flight Facility, VA.About the AJ26 Rocket Engine
Orbital Successfully Test Fires First Stage Rocket Engine For Taurus II Rocket At NASA's Stennis Space Center In Mississippi On November 10, 2010. (Photo: Orbital Sciences Corporation)
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