Research & Development

Third Static Fire Test of LOX/Propylene Engine conducted Oct. 23, 2004

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The GSC/CSULB team conducted its third static fire test investigating the LOX-propylene propellant combination at the Mojave Test Area on 23 October 2004. This test featured several modifications to the propellant feed system, main valve assembly and start-up sequence in an attempt to mitigate the large ignition transients observed in previous tests. In addition, the instrumentation suite incorporated several more pressure sensors and multiple load cells to improve test data acquisition.

LOX/Propylene Static Fire Test - 3

LOX/Propylene Static Fire Test - 3

Premature LOX Depletion Created a Propylene-rich Exhaust Plume

Premature LOX Depletion Created a Propylene-rich Exhaust Plume (Dark Material Flowing from the Nozzle)

Static Fire Test Assembly - Before

Static Fire Test Assembly - Before

Static Fire Test Assembly - After

Static Fire Test Assembly - After

Videos of the test: