Research laboratory of the U.S. air force in conjunction with the American startup Generation Orbit Launch Services has performed the first engine test advanced hypersonic missile X-60A, which the military intend to use for suborbital research. As writes Flightglobal, during the tests, the experts have been pouring cold engine to check its pipelines, and then run.
Test rocket engines allow us to estimate their main characteristics, systems of ignition, flow of fuel and oxidizer. The test series runs allows technicians to check aspects of the reclosing of the power plant, their maintenance and refilling tanks with fuel and oxidizer.
From cold flow and hot-fire testing of rocket engine X-60A was performed on the stand in Jacksonville in Florida on January 15. Specialists experienced powerplant long inclusions. In addition, during engine operation was checked the system deviation and apparatus traction control. Held check was deemed successful.
Rocket X-60A, obtained the index in October 2018 and formerly known as GOLauncher 1, prepared to order US air force. It’s to be used as a carrier of various measurement equipment that allows to conduct research in microgravity and astrophysics. In addition, with the help of the rocket is scheduled to launch into space nano-satellites.
The mass of the carrier is 1.1 tons. X-60A can carry a payload weighing up to 454 kg. Rocket could be used for research launches on suborbital trajectories in height from 15.2 to 36.6 thousand meters with flight speeds of 4 to 8 Mach numbers.
After the start of serial production of X-60A Generation Orbit Launch Services will manufacture and heavier missiles — GOLauncher GOLauncher 2 and 3. They can carry larger volume and weight of the cargo, to fly along the trajectories with a large range of altitudes at higher speeds. A carrier rocket family GOLauncher will be modified wide-body DC-10 aircraft.