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NASA ROCKET TESTS ADVANCE DEEP THROTTLING ENGINE TECHNOLOGY Print
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Monday, 19 January 2009 12:45

A technology development engine that could help safely lower the Altair lunar lander when humans return to the moon in the coming decade has successfully completed its third round of intensive testing at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine, CECE for short, is a deep-throttling engine, which means it has the flexibility to control the engine’s power from 100 percent thrust down to 10 percent, giving a spacecraft the ability to gently land on the lunar surface.

 

 

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