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Starchaser - Hybrid Project Update

Published by Rob Goldsmith on Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:06 pm via: source
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Phase two testing on our Eco-Friendly hybrid rocket engine project has been completed. The “large” engine has performed flawlessly over two campaigns of 12 tests where the full thrust of 1000 kgf has been exceeded. The nominal burn time for each test was 8 seconds. Fuels tested were;



1 ) High Density Polythene HDPE (white)
2 ) High Density Polythene HDPE (black)
3 ) Polypropylene
4 ) Acrylic / Perspex
5 ) HTPB / Recycled Car Tyre mix (30%)
6 ) HTPB / Aluminium mix (10%)
7 ) HTPB (original fuel for comparison)
8 ) Ultra High Molecular Weight Polythene (UHMWPE)

Exhaust gasses from all the above have been captured and transferred to an independent laboratory for analysis.

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Starchaser Industries is a privately held, high technology group of companies that specialises in the development, operation and commercialisation of space related products and services. Starchaser Industries enables new space related business opportunities by providing safe, reliable, affordable and reusable access to space for both the space tourism and micro-satellite launch markets.

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