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Air Force, Aerojet successfully test TAM

SACRAMENTO, March 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has successfully completed a static test of Aerojet's Technology Assessment Motor, measuring the solid propulsion rocket motor's performance.

U.S. company Aerojet and the Air Force announced the successful static test of the company's TAM propulsion rocket motor conducted at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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The 42-second static firing, part of the Air Force's Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology Phase II program, measured the motor's performance capabilities as part of an effort by the Air Force to deploy a rocket with increased motor performance and reduced hardware, operational and support costs.

Officials said the test successfully met performance goals.

"We are proud to continue Aerojet's tradition of excellence for technical innovations and performance on Air Force strategic propulsion programs," Mark Kaufman, executive director of strategic propulsion programs, said in a statement.

"We stand prepared to maintain this capability for the next generation of Air Force large-class rocket motors."

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