The US Air Force Research Laboratory recently conducted a static test of Aerojet’s advanced second stage (A2S) demonstration motor.

The phase II static tests demonstrated the advanced technologies and material used in the motor.

The motor achieved a peak thrust of 80,000 lbf during the tests.

The A2S motor is being developed for the air force’s propulsion application programme that aims to develop a new generation of motors with improved performance and diminished costs.

Aerojet executive director of strategic programmes Mark Kaufman said that the research and development efforts will sustain the US Air Force’s strategic strike capability.

The design, analysis and materials used will provide a range of strategic propulsion alternatives for future warfighter needs, he added.

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In September 2009, the US Air Force will conduct an A2S simulated altitude static test to validate motor performance in the lead to flight testing.