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.

36th RTG Meeting - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on August 17, 2011

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in West Palm Beach, FL hosted the 36th Rocket Test Group (RTG) meeting on 13-14 April 2011. The 1.5-day working group for rocket test facility operators and managers was successful. A new addition to the group this meeting includes Embry-Riddle University. After an enlightening overview of Pratt & Whitney's history, the tour at this meeting included a detailed tour Pratt & Whitney's static rocket test cells as well as a tour of their aircraft jet engine test cells. Presentations were given by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Pennsylvania State University, Embry-Riddle University, NASA Glenn Research Center, NASA White Sands Test Facility, Force Measurement Systems, and Orbital Technologies Corp. The meeting was attended by representatives from U.S. government, military, university, and commercial organizations.

At this meeting we welcomed Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida to the Rocket Test Group. We look forward to their continued participation in RTG meetings.

The RTG meets twice a year to discuss current issues facilities are facing and present on new practices, recent rocket firings, experiments, facility upgrades and changes, and new test cells. The RTG meetings also provide a forum to discuss problems a test cell is having and gather input on possible solutions from other test facility experts. RTG meetings provide an environment that allows operators and managers to discuss their issues and brainstorm/discuss solutions to problems.