Rolls-Royce has successful first test

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce's research arm says a recent test on new engine technologies for the U.S. Air Force was successfully completed.

Rolls-Royce says its Indianapolis-based research unit LibertyWorks recently conducted an initial test on the company's YJ102R engine. Officials say the high-specific thrust engine, being developed under an Air Force Research Laboratory High Speed Turbine Engine Demonstration contract, was successfully completed.


HiSTED, designed with Rolls-Royce's Lamilloy technologies that enable greater fuel economy, is an initiative by the Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to ground-test a high-Mach expendable turbine engine.

"Partnering with the Department of Defense to create this new capability is an exciting opportunity for LibertyWorks," Phil Burkholder, LibertyWorks chief operating officer, said in a statement.

"The unique, power-dense design of this engine has the potential to take high-Mach propulsion to the next level. Validating the progress achieved to date is a significant milestone and critical for the HiSTED program."

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