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Starchaser: Engine Finished

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat May 14, 2005 11:54 am
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I received this press release today by email, it seems to be a little late..
http://www.starchaser.co.uk/index.php?view=pr_Churchill_Mk3_Unveiled_110505 It seems I didn’t noticed this page in time…

Manchester based aerospace company unveils most powerful rocket engine

Manchester UK 9 May 2005 – Starchaser Industries will unveil their new CHURCHILL Mk3 liquid rocket engine at 10am on Wednesday 11th May at the University of Salford. The CHURCHILL Mk3 is the latest rocket engine to be developed by Starchaser, and with a design thrust of 147,000 Newtons
(33,000lbs) it will qualify as the largest engine of its kind to have been built in the UK since the British government scrapped the national space programme more than 30 years ago.

The groundbreaking CHURCHILL Mk3 uses a combination of JetA1 aviation fuel and cryogenic liquid oxygen, a similar propellant combination to that which powered the Apollo / Saturn V rockets to the moon. The new engine will propel Starchaser’s next generation of rockets into space from a custom built New Mexico launch site over the coming decades.

Starchaser’s programme includes the development of a reusable sounding rocket with enhanced performance to that of the recently retired British built Skylark which carried out it’s final mission on 2 May 2005. Starchaser’s new sounding rocket will pave the way towards ultra low cost satellite and space tourism launches.

The Starchaser space programme demonstrates that British space engineering is still at the forefront of innovation. “We plan to open the frontier of space using British engineering and design expertise,” said Steve Bennett CEO of Starchaser Industries who is also Director of the Space Technology Laboratory at Salford University.

Starchaser’s rocket engine together with the record breaking Nova rocket ship, all built in Britain, will be on display at the Newton building to mark the opening of the new Joule Physics Laboratory at Salford University by Professor Sir John Enderby, president of the Institute of Physics.

About Starchaser
Starchaser Industries (www.starchaserplc.co.uk) is an international, privately held company that specialises in the development, operation and commercialisation of space related products and services. Starchaser technology 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.

Starchaser Industries also has an established and highly successful Outreach Programme that engages with both the general public and education. Starchaser’s educational activities complement the UK national curriculum and help inspire and motivate students at all levels to pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Starchaser Managing Director Steve Bennett will be available to talk about the project and comprehensive press packs will be available on the day.

For further details please contact Steve or Meric on 0161 882 9922

Except for the historical information contained herein, matters discussed in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the statements.

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