Rocket Test Group

To enhance rocket ground test operational effort, reduce ground test costs and facilitate activation of new facilities.

RTG is an entirely volunteer organization of rocket test facility operators.

Review of the 31st Rocket Testing Facility Operators Working Group Meeting

Fall 2008

The 31st Rocket Testing Facility Operators Working Group (RTFOWG) meeting was held at Orbital Technologies Corporation's (ORBITEC) Madison Wisconsin Facilities, October 1-2, 2008, and hosted by Joan Hoopes and Jennifer Allred. The meeting consisted of 12 technical presentations and was attended by about 40 professionals. Presentation subject matter spanned a wide variety of testing topics, including project and facility overviews, new launch complex briefings, discussions of recent challenges, and new modeling testing developments. Two presentations highlighted the results of rocket tests performed at the university level. Tours of the local rocket testing facilities followed the presentations each day and stimulated discussions and comparisons of test stand design and rocket testing operations.

Attendees representing organizations from the industry, government, and military continually benefit from the knowledge and contacts gained at the RTFOWG's meetings. Founded with the belief that the sharing of information among testing facility operators would aid in solving problems experienced at testing facilities, the active membership numbers reflect the group's success. The technical discussions, test facilities tours, and professional contacts formed through the group have led to solutions to problems and challenges, business opportunities, and a greater understanding of the current test capabilities within the United States.

In addition to the presentations, attendees enjoyed a tour of ORBITEC's test facilities and witnessed the test firing of a liquid engine.