- Conference date: Jan 1998
- Location: Albuquerque,New Mexico (USA)
The Air Force Research Laboratory and Pratt & Whitney have teamed to demonstrate an advanced expander cycle engine. Scheduled to be the first of the Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT) program engine demonstrators, it is scheduled to be tested in late 2000. The expander cycle offers low cost, high thrust to weight and a highly reliable engine ideally suited for upper stages and some future military spaceplane concepts. This technology program will push the performance envelope of existing expanders to higher thrust. Throughout design and manufacture, new methods have been adopted which will increase reliability and reduce component fabrication times.
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