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Starchaser News Update

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Aug 3, 2004 10:00 pm
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NOVA ON LOAN TO SPACE CENTRE
The national space centre in leicester will host a two-week visit bij the NOVA / Starchaser 4 rocket from monday, 2nd August 2004.
Visitors to the millenium commissions flagship project in the east midlands will be able to talk to one of the scientists w ho is actively engaged in the starchasers rocket and space programma and watch footage of the test flight.

CHURCHILL MK3 STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE
Production of the CHURCHILL Mk3 rocket engine is progressing well. Many of the engine sections have been rolled and prepared for welding.
The next phase of production will see the combustion chamber, throat and nozzle sections welded together and axial wires welded to the outside of the combustion chamber to form the cooling channels.

Once the inner chamber and cooling channels have been completed the next task will be to cut and weld over the outer cooling jacket, and install the new kerosene manifold on the end of the nozzle to complete the engine. The injector plate is yet to be started as we are having difficulty finding a suitable laser system capable of drilling the angled kerosene injector holes. Hopefully this problem will be resolved shortly so we can move towards the first test firing.

LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM (LES) Update
We are currently taking delivery of various LES components and we are conducting evaluative small thruster test firings. All this is leading up to a full-scale programme of static LES test firings.

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