Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Origin: United States of America
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
Parent System: J-2X
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2012
Total Production: ?
Development Cost: USD$1.2 billion
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Description: The J-2X is a 294,000-pound of thrust rocket engine based on the J-2 and J-2S engines from Apollo-Saturn space vehicle program. It has been selected to power the upper stages of Ares I and Ares V space launch vehicles which are meant to transport humans to the Moon and beyond. NASA awarded a $1.2 billion development contract to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne on July 18, 2007. The contract funds design, development and test of the J-2X rocket motor including both ground and flight tests through December 31, 2012.
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