The Canyon area test stands were constructed in the mid-to-late 1950s as a site for LOX/RP engine testing supporting the Redstone, Thor, and H-1 engine programs. Three test stands were erected in this area. Originally, the area was known as the “TRE” Area, an acronym for “Transition Reliability Equipment”

History & Accomplishments

 

  • Activated in 1954
  • Supported the launch on January 31, 1958 of the first

U.S. satellite, Explorer I aboard a Jupiter-C launch

Vehicle powered by a Redstone engine.

Programs

 

  • Redstone, Saturn I/I-B, Jupiter and Thor

Test Stand Activity

  • Canyon 1         Activated 10/54            629 Tests
  • Canyon 2         Activated 6/55              606 Tests
  • Canyon 3         Activated 2/57              4384 Tests

Canyon TRE Hot Fire 1960

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Canyon Test Area 1963

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Canyon Area TRE II Redstone Engine Hot Fire

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Hot Fire Engine Test Circa 1960

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Canyon Area TRE II & TRE I

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First Crew Canyon Area TRE I

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Canyon Area TRE (transition reliability evaluation) 2.

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Canyon Area HI Engine

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Canyon Test Area 1960

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Canyon Area TRE I HI Engine Hot Fire Test

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Canyon Area Test Stand Hot Fire Circa 1960’s