17 October 2007:
Transpiration Cooled Thrust
Chamber Hot Fire Testing Success
WASK Engineering, Inc.
announces successful completion of its NASA Phase I SBIR
contract for NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), culminating in
a series of six hot fire tests of their transpiration cooled
combustion chamber ending on 22 August 2007. The
transpiration cooled chamber was designed, fabricated and
hot fire tested in seven months starting on 19 January 2007.
The successful Phase I program has resulted in the award of
a Phase II SBIR from NASA JSC for further development of
this promising technology. “All in all, I consider this
effort a hands-down success. WASK was able to design and
fabricate hardware, outfit a test facility, and generate
valuable test data for… [an amount that] will only buy a
cost/schedule estimate from our usual vendors, this
performance is extraordinary,” Sam Russell, NASA JSC.