captive firing

captive firing

A firing test of short duration, conducted with the missile propulsion system operating while secured to a test stand.
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries expects to conduct the captive firing test of Japan's new first stage in February next year as the final qualification before its mid-2009 maiden flight that will launch the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) expendable H-II Transfer Vehicle cargo resupply spacecraft.
The captive firing test of the first stage follows the completion of eight battleship firing tests that took place at the MHI Tashiro firing test site in northern Japan from March to August.