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Starchaser: THRUSTER PERFORMANCE LEVELS ACHIEVED

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat Jan 22, 2005 10:27 pm
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chabot imageResearch that is continuing in support of Starchaser’s Launch Escape System (LES) project took a leap forward over the weekend of the 15th and 16th January as the propulsion team enjoyed a successful series of tests using their modified test thruster assembly.

The device which is designed to run using an 85% solution of hydrogen peroxide performed perfectly, producing a thrust of some 9 kg and a wall temperature recorded at over 850 degrees Celsius.

“The tests were near perfect” said thruster designer Neil Garfield “We achieved the performance levels predicted and the exhaust plume was clear of visible water vapour”

The team now have most of the data needed to build the reaction chamber for the full sized LES. A further series of validation tests will be carried out over the coming weeks.

They also provided a GALLERY
We already provided news related to CHURCHILL MK3 UPDATE, BLAST FROM THE PAST and NOVA / STARCHASER 4 IN DRYDOCK earlier this month:
http://www.xprizenews.org/index.php?p=694

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