Hybrid rocket motor soon ready to fly!

Rocket scientists at ComputIT and Nammo are paving the way for a new era in the evolution of hybrid rocket motors.

A successful large-scale test of a newly developed hybrid rocket motor at Nammo's test facility at Raufoss in May 2016 showed that the present rocket motor is capable of stopping and starting repeatedly during firing. This is a very important result demonstrating a major advantage of this technology.

The fuel system of the hybrid rocket motor uses synthetic rubber as solid fuel and liquid hydrogen peroxide as the oxidizer. The new rocket motor technology for atmospheric research and space applications represents a safe, controllable, low-cost and green alternative for rocket propulsion. The latest tests were performed with a so-called "flight weight" version which means that the rocket motor soon will be ready for production and take off!

ComputIT’s internationally recognized specialists on mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of compressible turbulent flow and combustion are playing a vital part in the development and design work. The present hybrid rocket motor represents the latest in the evolution of such technology, and the development is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA).

See also this news article (in Norwegian) published by Teknisk Ukeblad.

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