June 27, 2012 | last updated June 27, 2012 3:15 pm

Pratt completes thrust test on space station craft

The rocket division of East Hartford aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney completed the test of the thruster for the spacecraft designed to transport people to the International Space Station.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's test of its orbital maneuvering and attitude control system for the Commercial Space Transportation spacecraft helps provide a key component for safe and reliable transportation for the space station crew.

The spacecraft will have 24 Pratt thrusters designed to help the craft maneuver during orbit and re-entry.

The test was conducted at the NASA White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.

Pratt is a subsidiary of Hartford conglomerate United Technologies Corp.

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