Latest Solid-fuel rocket Stories

2009-08-21 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, or AFOSR, have successfully launched a small rocket using an environmentally-friendly, safe propellant comprised of aluminum powder and water ice, called ALICE. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) "This collaboration has been an opportunity for graduate students to work on an environmentally-friendly propellant that can be used for flight on Earth and used in...

2009-03-11 10:29:04

The U.S. space agency says it has successfully tested the igniter that will be used to start the Ares I rocket's first-stage motor. Ares I is the first launch vehicle in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Constellation family of space vehicles that will transport astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station, the moon and beyond during coming decades. The igniter performed as expected during the test, generating a flame nearly 200 feet in length, NASA said. The Ares...

2009-03-10 17:28:00

ATK Test Qualifies Upgraded Material Leading to Higher Performance ATK to Integrate new Igniter into Five-Segment Ares I Rocket for Test This Fall MINNEAPOLIS, March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) successfully conducted the first test firing of the igniter that will be used on NASA's Ares I first stage. Today's test at ATK's Promontory, Utah facility generated a flame almost 200 feet in length. When ignited inside the world's largest solid rocket booster,...

2008-03-31 13:33:46

On 27 March 2008, the second stage motor for Vega - Europe's new small launcher - successfully completed a static firing test at the Salto Di Quirra Inter-force Test Range in Sardinia, Italy.Ignition of the qualification model of the Zefiro 23 solid-propellant rocket motor occurred at 13:15 CET. In just 14 seconds, the thrust reached 930 kN, equivalent to nearly 95 tons of force. This was the second and final firing test for the Zefiro 23, in which over 24 tons of propellant was consumed with...

2005-04-03 12:13:53

NASA -- Did you know that NASA's Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters trace their roots to 12th century China, where the first rockets were developed for fireworks displays? Now fast forward to the 21st century, where two Solid Rocket Boosters -- giant, modern-day "bottle rockets" -- burn an average of 9 tons of solid propellant per second to provide a combined thrust of some 5.3 million pounds for the Space Shuttle during its first two minutes of flight. The two Solid Rocket Boosters are part...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'