Utah company calls rocket engine ready for flight

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Officials at Alliant Techsystems say recent testing shows their Utah-built rocket motor is ready to fly. But they say they’re not sure of federal funding. ATK Aerospace Systems executive Charlie Precourt said Wednesday that a next-generation rocket motor performed as designed during the Aug. 31 ground test in Promontory and is ready for flight testing. The two-minute test produced a fiery blast and some 3.6 million pounds of thrust, or 22 million horsepower. The Standard-Examiner reported Thursday that Ares Project engineer Andy Schorr agreed the rocket motor performed well. Schorr is from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Another ground test is tentatively planned next fall to see how high heat would affect the motor.

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