NASA signs contract for engine testing at Stennis

NASA signed a contract Thursday with American Tank and Vessel Inc. of Mobile, Ala., for the installation of a test cell diffuser and associated systems in the A-3 test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

The five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract's value is not to exceed $45 million.

The A-3 test stand is being built at Stennis to test the J-2X engine for NASA's Constellation Program.

The Constellation Program is developing next-generation spacecraft systems to send astronauts to the International Space Station, the moon, Mars and destinations beyond. The J-2X engine will power the upper stage of the Ares I crew exploration vehicle and the Earth departure stage of the Ares V cargo launch vehicle.

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