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March 08, 2023

Rolls Royce Begins Testing on B-52 Engine Replacement

Twin-Engine Pods Require Refreshed Development for B-52 Installation

Rolls-Royce is hard at work on its B-52 replacement engine program, announcing the first round of F130 testing at the NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The F130 engine was chosen for the re-engining program by the US Air Force, and will end up with more than 600 units delivered under the current contract. The test burn was the first time the design had been lit while installed in a dual-pod configuration mimicking the B-52's antiquated layout.

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US Space Force Announces Evaluation Methodology for Assets

Joint USAF Effort Provides Instruction for Test Pilots in Assessing Space Force Equipment

The US Air and Space Forces have created a new "Space Test Course", an evaluation to provide guidance on "robust and methodical system testing on space-flight equipment" for use at the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The new course was signed into being by both Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations General David D. Thompson and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff General David W. Allvin on February 23rd.

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