This test facility maintains 120,000 feet altitude, suitable for 1-3 Newton in-space thrusters. It features the world’s most accurate thrust balance for low thrust development. The facility is used for cold gas thruster acceptance and qualified hot fire testing for our MNT-1N thruster.
F-Site- Altitude Control <20N
This test facility is for hot-firing small monopropellants and bipropellant rocket engines up to 20N thrust in vacuum. There are two vacuum cells both capable of maintaining a simulated altitude of 160,000 feet.
J-Site- Sea Level Testing
This facility has four identical firing sites, with oxidisers and fuel bays either side. They have a fully computerised control room with a remote control system and video/thermal camera observation. The J3 facility contains the vacuum cell, propellant feed and condition systems for the National Testing Facility. Our J4 facility has been undergoing construction and the team are almost ready to start using it for testing.
The National Testing Facility
Owned by the UK Space Agency, the 1.5kN space propulsion vacuum testing facility is located on J-site and operated by Nammo personnel. Most recently the pump has been attached to J3 for testing on our RELIANCE engine.