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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:01 pm
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Post    Posted on: Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:11 pm
Iain,
It shows a Storm engine mis-ignition event. Although the propellants flow correctly, the Lox and Kerosene fail to ignite due to the nature of the igniter design and also due to the positioning of the igniter head inside the combustion chamber.

Nice Video though, shame there is no spark :wink:

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Post    Posted on: Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:23 pm
Here's a press release from Starchaser, they've managed to get an ESA contract
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for the detailed assessment of their THUNDERSTAR / STARCHASER 5A space tourism reusable launch vehicle to verify its technical feasibility and ability to meet future space tourists expectations


http://www.starchaser.co.uk/index.php?v ... se_uk_0107

Looks like ESA is taking them seriously, I wish the UK government would do the same and show a bit of interest and a bit of financial assistance.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:14 am
Hello, Andy Hill,

the article at the news page says something that might mean that Starchaser wouldn't get no money from NASA if it would be financially assited by the british or another government. The article says
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The study will also refine the Starchaser Business Plan to demonstrate that space tourism can be sustained in a wholly commercial environment.




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Post    Posted on: Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:42 am
The UK government need not invest in Starchaser's space tourism business, I would have thought that helping to develop their sounding rocket would have made more sense.

It would benefit UK industry by having an indiginous rocket for small micro-gavity experiments and Satarchaser would get another income stream that should not effect any contracts with ESA on the Thunderstar project.

I think that Starchaser and the UK government should be able to find common goals that would lead to more government investment in the company. For example a cheap sounding rocket could be used in missile research programs for the UK MoD or be subsidised to allow universities to do more miro-gravity research.

Frequent rocket firings from the UK mainland would encourage more people to be interested in space. Having a mini space centre where the public could watch sounding rockets being launched and have a visitor's centre to find out more about space would lead to more people taking up engineering.

I think that without the UK government being more proactive Starchaser might decide that its future is better off in the US.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:27 am
I hate to be negative but i feel Starchaser have completely lost it.

I understand they are busy but they have become so lazy with the press.

1. No forum for months on end!

2. I get no reply from my emails

3. Their amazing magazine was cancelled and membership prices didnt change

4. Hardly any news on rocketry, all about schools and US buildings

I just want to see some rockets getting ready, some updates more often, some staff to come and talk to people! they are cutting themselves off while other companies are becoming more open! grrrr and it makes me more angry that they are from the UK and doing it!

Sorry, had my moan of the day!
Back for more laters :)

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:34 am
Rob Goldsmith wrote:
I hate to be negative but i feel Starchaser have completely lost it.


I have to agree, while its interesting to see them getting more involved with their US operations and school projects I am disappointed that more progress hasn't been made on their core business (Supposedly rocketry).

With regard to updates on their website these have been pretty brief and infrequent and I had assumed that there was much more going on being reported through their magazine. If that is not the case then I really cant begin to image whats going on.

Anyone know when they last launched a rocket?

Come on Starchaser, launch something.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:03 pm
id ask in the forum but they have lost it
i emailed them but got no replies!

How can a company growing so much not have anyone to answer emails!?

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:20 pm
Looking back at the website the real rocketry thing you could say we have heard of them doing is testing their hybrid thrusters back in August 2007 and when they mated the Nova capsule to the Starchaser 4 booster back in July 2007 and did computational fluid dynamics on the Starchaser 5 and Skybolt rockets.

Whats happening with the Churchill Mk.III, been a while since we have heard something about that, and the Storm engine?? Did they get the injector plate sorted?

Bit gutted they are being abit slack with updates, hopefully this will all change..............


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Post    Posted on: Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:54 pm
Found this from September but not too sure what else is around

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjqakwWxStc

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Post    Posted on: Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:01 am
Heo, Rob,

it might be the growth what's causing them problems. Growth means investments and investments cause the requirment to produce, to sell and to hire the according employees. These can't be people that maintain and update websites but must be workers, engineers and salesmen.

There might be another problem also - as I said growth means investments and investments mean credits - large or lots of or both. IT's hard to pay the interests for the credits at the beginning and thus the growth increases the danger of illiquidity, insolvency and bankruptcy. These too are reasns to concentrate on hiring people who don't maintain websites but work, engineer or sell.

May be that Starchaser is about running into dangerous problems.



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Post    Posted on: Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:45 am
yeah i wonder about that, last year though i am sure i can remember steve bennett saying it was their first year that they "made" profit.

I just wonder, they said the Nova could get into space, wouldnt the publicity of doing that have given them enough money and to do bigger things? IT annoys me how if they are running low on cash, that they arent trying to create a bigger public profile to attract sponsors etc. The magazine was great but that ending was a dissapointment.

I guess the problem is where to spend money

School trips etc, (trying to get children interested)

Advertisement (Trying to get people sponsors etc interested)

Rockets (Trying to show they have the technology)

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Post    Posted on: Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:20 pm
just chatted with Tony from Starchaser

He pointed me to a page about Starchaser:

An interesting point made was

Tony has passed on some new info from Starchaser:
'As I'm sure you will appreciate, it is not company policy to comment about the "funding situation" but the company is still solvent and will remain so.
We will also endeavour to do "something significant" this year.'
This suggests that funding isn't a problem at present though it doesn't make clear whether they have the resources to progress or are only able to focus on income-generating activities. It also gives us some hope of a launch this year although what they might actually achieve remains to be seen.
NB. I don't know if any of you have noticed but Storm is now listed as completed.
Adam



Make what you will of it. Found at http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/Starchaser/

not a patch on the Fellowship though :P

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Post    Posted on: Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:25 pm
Thanks for that Rob, I guess we just sit and wait and see what they do for this year......


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Post    Posted on: Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:40 pm
Just found this link that Starchaser may not be launching from NM now.

http://spaceports.blogspot.com/2008/02/ ... h-pad.html

http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_8397211

First I've heard of it. Looks like the ESA study contract they got might have influenced this...


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Post    Posted on: Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:01 pm
I do feel sad for them and i would have liked to see them launching sooner rather than later but as far as them having the shutters closed on their new building, it seems to be the shutters are closed on every front.

Updates are less frequent, no forum, no magazine. They used to be about testing rockets and flying them, now i cant remember when their last launch was? Come on guys!!!!! we want to see that rocket in the sky!!!

I wish them all the best and hope they get sorted soon!

Great find Iain

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