An AR-22 engine during testing at NASA’s Stennis Space Center on June 27, 2018. Photo Credit: NASA
Boeing’s Phantom Express had its AR-22 rocket engine put through its paces over the course of more than a week via tests to ensure the engine’s ability to accomplish the space plane’s objectives. It is hoped these tests will pave the way for the spacecraft to carry out missions to space with a pace similar to that aircraft currently carry out today.
Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted some 10 tests of the engine over the course of 10 days ( from June 26 through July 6, 2018) at NASA’s Stennis Space Center located in Mississippi. The location of the test reflects just one of the partnerships that have formed to develop the Phantom Express space plane.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as well as aerospace giant Boeing are the primary customer and contractor involved in the production of the spacecraft with Boeing both designing and developing the Phantom Express space plane. The project hearkens back to the era when NASA’s fleet of space shuttles were used to send an array of payloads to orbit.
“With the AR-22 we are taking reusability ...