A successful 45-second engine burn. (Credit: Gilmour Space Technologies)
QUEENSLAND, 25 Jun 2020 (Gilmour Space Technologies PR) — Australia’s leading rocket company has reached another milestone in its mission to launch small satellites to space by 2022.
Rocket engineers at Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland, Australia, have completed the first in a series of major technology demonstrations this year: a successful 45-second ‘hot fire’ of their upper-stage hybrid rocket engine.
“This was our longest and most efficient test fire to date,” said Gilmour Space CEO and co-founder, Adam Gilmour. “It’s a key demonstration of our ability to produce repeatable, stable, and high-performance combustion over a long duration burn; and a significant achievement in hybrid rocket development,” he added.
Unlike most commercial launch vehicles fuelled by solid- or liquid-propulsion engines, Gilmour Space is developing new cost-effective, safe and green hybrid-propulsion technologies.
“This engine will have the capability to power the upper stage of our Eris orbital launch vehicle, and deliver our customer payloads to required orbits,” he explained. “Our next test will be a full duration mission duty cycle firing of this engine.”
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