PASSES STANDARD MISSILE-3 FLIGHT QUALIFICATION TEST
Propulsion, a division of Cordant Technologies Inc., successfully
completed the first qualification test of the STANDARD Missile-3
(SM-3) Third-Stage Rocket Motor (TSRM). The test was conducted last
Friday at simulated high altitude operating conditions at Edwards
Air Force Base, California.
Maryland, facility is under contract to Raytheon Company to develop,
build and qualify the TSRM for the STANDARD Missile-3 (SM-3) program,
a U.S. Navy Theatre Wide Tactical Ballistic Missile Defense Program.
The TSRM is
a two-pulse motor with each pulse independently ignited during flight
to provide extended range to the SM-3 missile. Today's test was
the third success of three motors tested in the Edwards Air Force
Base altitude chamber. A total of six Thiokol motors have been successfully
tested on the program to date.
This first qualification
motor was representative of a flight motor configuration with an
integrated attitude control system. The motor assembly was subjected
to all flight operating environments prior to successful completion
of this test.
In the upcoming
weeks, the attitude control system will be removed from the motor
assembly and static tested on a specially designed multi-component
test stand in Thiokol's altitude chamber as part of the continuing
qualification test series. Two additional TSRM qualification tests
testing of the TSRM validates Thiokol's compliance with the SM-3
missile requirements and keeps the SM-3 program on track for the
next planned flight test (FTR-1) in July 2000. The FTR-1 test will
be the first flight round to include a TSRM in the Navy's demonstration
of this critical propulsion subsystem.