The Garvey Prospector P-15 on the launch rail prior to launch
The Garvey Prospector P-15, powered by an ORBITEC vortex liquid fuel rocket engine, climbs into the Mohave sky
Liftoff of the ORBITEC/Garvey Prospector P-15
Artist's drawing of the ORBITEC vortex rocket engine concept
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) successfully flight tested its patented vortex liquid fuel rocket engine on October 25. The engine was installed in a Prospector-class Garvey Spacecraft Corporation launch vehicle, and the resulting rocket was launched at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry facility near Edwards Air Force Base in California. The flight established substantial progress toward ORBITEC's development of a 30,000-lb (13,600-kg) thrust vortex engine for the US Air Force Advanced Upper Stage Engine Program and for NASA's Space Launch System.
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