SNTK runs long-duration NK-33 tests for Orbital’s Taurus II cargo carrier
Aerojet engineers will begin testing their version of the Soviet-era NK-33 oxygen/kerosene rocket engine as early as April at Stennis Space Center, Miss., following hot-fire tests of the Russian hardware here earlier this month. Initially designed for the Soviet lunar program, the NK-33 passed a series of long-duration hot-fire tests after 37 years in storage. Tests conducted by Kuznetsov SNTK design bureau, a member of Russian United Engine Corp., were in support of the development of ...
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