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Fastrac engine




Fastrac engine testing
Fastrac engine hot-fire test at Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA/MSFC)
A low-cost rocket engine, with a thrust of 270,000 newtons, propelled by liquid oxygen and RP-1, that was being developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center as the propulsion unit for the X-34 reusable rocket plane. With the cancellation of the X-34 project in 2001, work on the Fastrac engine also came to a halt. At the time, Fastrac was only the second of about 30 new rocket engines built over the past quarter of a century, to originate in the United States. Fastrac was less expensive than similar engines because of an innovative design approach that used commercial, off-the-shelf parts and fewer of them. Some of its characteristics, including its range of thrust and specific impulse, are shared with the Merlin 1 engine used on SpaceX's Falcon 1.


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