Spacefleet Ltd is aiming to bring the cost of space launch down, by the use of completely-reusable vehicles.

The project, which is privately-funded has built a  "boost-glide" vehicle, of length 2.5 metres, which is autonomously-guided. The first test flight took place on May 3rd.

Small "can-sat" payloads can be taken to the stratosphere. Initially, apogees will be around 12km to 15 km, but could be increased to 30 km with more energetic propellants.

We are also constructing a small-scale "space dart" two-stage vehicle, which will be able to take small payloads up to around 25 km apogee.

 

 
 

This is the moment of take off, at 10:47 EEST, on May 3rd. Weather conditions were perfect for the launch. The EARL is just about to clear the 7.5 m launch ramp. The flight lasted 45 seconds. A height of 4000 m,  was achieved, which was less than we had hoped. This was attributed to a larger-than-expected drag coefficient, so the hull will require modification to a more aerodynamic shape, for future tests.

Test-firing the 750kg-thrust solid rocket motor

If you would like to know more about this project, or you are interested in-:

- sending small experiments (can-sat format) to the upper atmosphere for microgravity or atmospheric measurements

- using our solid-propellant rocket motors, e.g. 120mm  diameter motor, 750kg thrust for 6 seconds, also 31 mm diameter motor 50 kg thrust, for 2 sec. Better performance with different propellant is possible. Motors are re-useable.

- rocket propulsion and space technology education and training.

then contact us at:

rdw@spacefleet.co.uk