Nuclear rocket engine being transported to test stand, Nevada, 1 Dec 1967.

Nuclear rocket engine being transported to test stand, Nevada, 1 Dec 1967.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Description

The first ground experimental nuclear rocket engine (XE) asembly, (left), in 'cold flow' configuration, arrives at Engine Test Stand No 1 at the Nuclear Rocket Development Station. Cold flow experiments use an asembly identical to that used in power tests, but contain no fisionable material nor produce a nuclear reaction, so no fision power is generated. The aluminum cylindrical closure (right) forms an airtight compartment, permitting testing in a simulated space environment. The 'cold flow' experimental engine underwent a series of tests to verify that the initial test stand was ready for 'hot' engine testing, to investigate engine start-up under simulated altitude conditions, and to check operation procedures not previously demonstrated.

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