The first fully integrated E-2 engine roars to life for the first time at the historic @NASAStennis on November 16, 2023. This test proved out the engine bootstrap startup transient. The team will continue to work towards long duration testing at nominal parameters in the upcoming weeks.
E-2’s first 90-second test fire was a success! It performed at 55% power with a low conservative 1.6 mixture ratio as planned. The hardware appears in perfect condition ready for more tests. This is an exceptional result for a first test article (E-2 SN1). The test was also a key milestone for our US Space Force TACFI contract.We’ve wrapped up this test campaign and will be back in January with an updated injector featuring lower LOX passage pressure drop to allow us to increase the LOX mass flow and in turn reach full thrust and high performance O/F mixture ratio of 2.62.We thank our team and partners for making this possible - especially @NASAStennis and their team. We would also like to thank the @SpaceForceDoD for their TACFI contract support.