Structural Test Success With Generation Orbit

WARNER ROBINS, GA (February 14, 2014) – MERC recently partnered with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. to provide structural ground tests for their GOLauncher 1 Inert Test Article (GO1-ITA).

From Generation Orbit:

“Our initial hardware components were successively assembled to create the first two segments of our GOLauncher 1 Inert Test Article (GO1-ITA). We used the facilities at the Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) to conduct structural ground tests on the components. We passed with flying colors and are pleased with the results.

Dr. Brad St. Germain, Chief Technical Officer of GO, had this to say, “The results looked good all around. Thanks very much to the good folks at MERC and at the Georgia Center for Innovation in Aerospace for helping Generation Orbit on these ground tests.”

To learn more about the test conducted at MERC, and for pictures, visit

About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

To learn more, please visit MERC's website at