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.

32nd Rocket Test Group Meets at NASA White Sands Test Facility

Spring 2009

The Rocket Test Group's 32nd Meeting occurred April 28th and 29th [2009] at the NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) in New Mexico. The group of rocket test facilities operators and engineers met for their typical 2-day meeting of presentations and tours of the test facilities. Engineers from the industry, government, military, and universities met together to discuss topics of interest to the testing community, including new testing facilities and facility features; designs and design approaches; problems with tests or testing practices; operational safety procedures; accidents and incidences; and lessons learned. Tours of the test stands included the new facilities under construction for the Orion Abort Flight Tests, located on the White Sands Missile Test Range.

As a special addition to this meeting, WSTF's Oxygen Group provided a 1.5- day training course on “Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems” after the meeting. This class is offered through ASTM and is aimed at those who design oxygen systems.