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Motor Burn Scheduled for Aug. 26 at NASA's Wallops Facility

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ATLANTIC, Va.- NASA says it will conduct a static burn of a Peregrine solid rocket motor at its Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The burn is scheduled to take place between 8:30 and 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26., according to Keith Koehler, a NASA spokesman.

This burn will not include launching the motor, Koehler said. He said the procedure will include placing the Peregrine motor on a stand and static fired in a horizontal position. The motor is highly instrumented to give engineers data on its performance, according to Koehler. In addition, high speed cameras were in place to monitor the burn.

Koehler said the Peregrine sounding rocket motor development started as a NASA Engineering and Safety Center project and was designed in-house by NASA engineers, but was built in cooperation with commercial suppliers from across America. Peregrine may eventually be used as an alternative to current motors used by the NASA Sounding Rocket Program under the agency’s Science Mission Directorate, Koehler said. 

The Peregrine motor is 20-feet long and 20-inches in diameter. It provides 30,000 pounds of thrust. The thrust for the Peregrine is a little more than half that of the first stage Terrier motor used in a suborbital rocket launch earlier this month from Wallops, Koehler said. 

Updates on the burn are available on the Wallops Facebook page.

One additional Peregrine motor exists at Wallops. A date has not been determined for the final motor burn or a possible launch of the motor.

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