What: The Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala., will conduct a static – or stationary – firing of a
scaled-down solid rocket motor for the Space Shuttle’s Reusable Solid Rocket
Motor Project Office. The 28-second test firing of the modified NASA motor
may be heard in the Huntsville area surrounding the Marshall Center. The
test is being conducted to evaluate the performance of six new internal
replacement insulation materials in the aft dome, or tail dome, of the
motor, and to evaluate the performance of the Intelligent Pressure
Transducer, a gauge that samples and records motor pressure. The test motor
— 48-inches in diameter and 27 feet long — is one-sixth the size of a
full-scale Reusable Solid Rocket Motor.

When: Thursday, March 24
4 p.m. CST

Where:Media should meet at the Marshall Center’s Morris Auditorium, Bldg.
4200, at 3 p.m. for escort to the test site.

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact the
Marshall Public Affairs Office at (256) 544-0034 no later than Monday, March
21. Media must report to Gate 1, Martin Road exit at South Memorial Parkway.
Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. News media will need
two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is
available in front of Bldg. 4200 on the southwest side.

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