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.

RTG #39: OCTOBER 2-3 @ SpaceX's Test Facilities!

A tour of SpaceX's impressive test facilities included all of their large and small engine test facilities, including stopping by the site of their latest large test facility that was under a very rapid construction process. RTG members witnessed the Merlin rocket engines on the stands being prepared for tests, Draco engines for the Dragon spacecraft being prepared for test and packaged for shipping back to Hawthorn, CA after testing; the installation of Merlyn engines on a full Falcon rocket stage, and an up close view of the first Dragon capsule to have returned from space. The tour was both informative and exuberant.