November 4, 2011

Media Invited To View Next J-2X Rocket Engine Test

Reporters are invited to NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Wednesday, Nov. 9 to view a test firing of the J-2X rocket engine, a key component of NASA's Space Launch System, which will carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo, equipment and science experiments beyond Earth orbit.

Designed for crew or cargo missions, the heavy-lift will be safe, affordable and sustainable, and help NASA explore deep space.

To attend, reporters must contact Stennis public affairs at 228-688-3333 or e-mail [email protected] no later than noon on Nov. 8. Media must arrive by 1 p.m. CST. The J-2X test is scheduled for approximately 3 p.m.

Prior to the test, reporters may tour Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne's engine assembly facility, where J-2X engines are prepared for testing and shipment. Following the test, media are invited to participate in a news conference with NASA officials.

Media representatives not attending the test may submit questions for the news conference to [email protected]. All questions must be received no later than 11 a.m. Nov. 9.

Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne is developing the J-2X engine for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The SLS rocket engines will use a liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propulsion system, which will include the J-2X engine for the upper stage and RS-25D/E engines (space shuttle main engines) for the core stage.

The test also will air live on NASA TV at:

Engine test schedules are subject to change. If changes occur, journalists who have responded will be notified via e-mail.

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