Author Topic: Blue Origin sign up historic test stand for engine testing  (Read 3874 times)

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https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/1229505261573828608

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In partnership with @NASA and @NASA_Marshall we have started refurbishment of the historic and MASSIVE 4670 test stand for #BE4 #BE3U and #BE7 engine testing. This stand was used for Apollo and Shuttle engine tests.

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Offline TrevorMonty

According to this article , the stand won't be ready until late next year :

https://www.al.com/news/huntsville/2020/02/blue-origin-will-rapidly-move-ahead-at-new-huntsville-engine-plant.html
In mean time they use Texas stands.

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According to this article , the stand won't be ready until late next year :

https://www.al.com/news/huntsville/2020/02/blue-origin-will-rapidly-move-ahead-at-new-huntsville-engine-plant.html

Unless it's on Blue's very, very last back-burner, ~24 months to refurbish and re-outfit an existing test stand is just embarrassing. Painfully reminiscent of NASA's B-2 stand refurb, which (AFAIK) took like 7 years and cost $400-500M.

Hopefully it's just really not a priority in the slightest because Blue already has satisfactory test facilities in Texas.

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More details on test stand refurbishment. Turns out stand is in pretty bad shape:

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Blue Originís big job: Restoring an Apollo test stand in Huntsville
Updated Jul 03, 2020; Posted Jul 03, 2020

By Lee Roop | [email protected]

https://www.al.com/news/2020/07/blue-origins-big-job-restoring-an-apollo-test-stand-in-huntsville.html

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The restoration means no engine testing before September 2021, but Blue Origin engine tests will happen at 4670.

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More details on test stand refurbishment. Turns out stand is in pretty bad shape:

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Blue Originís big job: Restoring an Apollo test stand in Huntsville
Updated Jul 03, 2020; Posted Jul 03, 2020

By Lee Roop | [email protected]

https://www.al.com/news/2020/07/blue-origins-big-job-restoring-an-apollo-test-stand-in-huntsville.html

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The restoration means no engine testing before September 2021, but Blue Origin engine tests will happen at 4670.
Funny, seeing this a few days after I noticed the old Vandenberg weather tower finally got hauled away from across the street.
 I've seen a hundred refurbishments of old, worn out gear projects in the last 40 years, and almost every one of them was almost as expensive and more time consuming with inferior results as just buying or building what you needed.
« Last Edit: 07/05/2020 03:59 am by Nomadd »
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