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Starchaser News Update

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sun Jan 9, 2005 5:50 pm
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chabot imageCHURCHILL MK3 UPDATE
The new combustion chamber / exhaust nozzle for the prototype Churchill Mk 3 arrived at the factory just before the Christmas shutdown. Designed to produce an average thrust of 15 tonnes, the new Lox / Kerosene bipropellant engine is some five times more powerful than its predecessor, the Churchill Mk2.

The Mk 3 will qualify as the largest liquid propellant engine to be fired in the UK in over 30 years, when tested later this year.

BLAST FROM THE PAST
We have taken delivery of a treasure trove of old rocket engines which will be used to compliment our ongoing research and development programme. At least one of these engines will be stripped down and refurbished with a view to possibly conducting a test firing whilst other items may be used for future outreach activities.

Full story in issue 2 of IGNITION magazine.

NOVA / STARCHASER 4 IN DRYDOCK
We had an opportunity to carry out some much needed maintenance work on the Nova / Starchaser 4 rocket over the Christmas break. The launcher trailer was also serviced and kitted out with a new set of tyres before passing it’s MOT with flying colours.

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