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Starchaser News Update

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Oct 26, 2004 7:41 am
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chabot imageCHURCHILL Mk3 STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE
The combustion chamber, engine bell and outer cooling jacket are now complete. A slight problem at the pipe-fitter sub-contractors resulted in a hold up with the Fuel Inlet Manifold but this problem is expected to be resolved within the next couple of days. We will then be able to take delivery of our new 147 KN (33,000 lbf) liquid propellant rocket engine.

LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM (LES) Update
Having recently taken delivery of several key components for our propellant processing plant we expect to be in a position to begin our next series of cat-pack tests within the next few weeks.

In addition to this we have made the decision to accelerate our programme with a view to generating early baseline flight data by building and launching a ΒΌ scale version of the LES / capsule stack. These tests are scheduled to take place from a UK launch site early in the New Year.

With most of the fibreglass work on our full scale Thunderstar boilerplate capsule nearing completion we are looking forward to test fitting the Launch Escape System before Christmas. The capsule is also currently being used to facilitate detailed escape hatch design and analysis.

Further details will be available in the next edition of the Starchaser magazine IGNITION.

THUNDERSTAR CAPSULE update
With most of the fibreglass work on our full scale Thunderstar boilerplate capsule nearing completion we are looking forward to test fitting the Launch Escape System before Christmas. The capsule is also currently being used to facilitate detailed escape hatch design and analysis.

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