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KEROSENE IGNITION THRUSTER TESTED - July 2005
To further boost the thruster performance it was decided to add kerosene injection capability to the thruster. Following a lot of hard development work by members of the Starchaser volunteer team, a thruster was produced to test kerosene injection. In effect a small bi-liquid engine.

In July a series of tests were conducted and clearly demonstrated the correctness of the approach, with the thruster producing extra thrust in line with design calculations, as well as a very clean exhaust.
THRUSTER PERFORMANCE LEVELS ACHIEVED - January 2005
Research 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.
THRUSTER PERFORMANCE LEVELS ACHIEVED - January 2005
Research 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.
LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM (LES) Update - October 2004
The Starchaser Launch Escape System (LES) was today craned into position relative to the Boilerplate Thunderstar capsule.

This provided Starchaser engineers with an opportunity to assess and experiment with location and release mechanism hardware.

The development of the Starchaser LES, which has been sponsored by Edenbrook Solutions Ltd, is a vital system designed to safeguard the capsule and the lives of any Astronaut occupants in the event of an emergency scenario befalling the Starchaser 5 rocket booster.

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LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM (LES) Update - October 2004
Having recently taken delivery of several key components for our propellant processing plant we expect to be in a position to begin our next series of cat-pack tests within the next few weeks.

In addition to this we have made the decision to accelerate our programme with a view to generating early baseline flight data by building and launching a ¼ scale version of the LES / capsule stack.

These tests are scheduled to take place from a UK launch site early in the New Year.

With most of the fibreglass work on our full scale Thunderstar boilerplate capsule nearing completion we are looking forward to test fitting the Launch Escape System before Christmas.

The capsule is also currently being used to facilitate detailed escape hatch design and analysis.

Further details will be available in the next edition of the Starchaser magazine IGNITION.
LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM (LES) Update - May 2004

We have recently received the main hydrogen peroxide fuel tank.

The tank was very easily integrated into the airframe and the LES is now looking more like the finished design.

The plumbing of the valves and controls is continuing.

Once the flow system has been completed we need only to build the catalyst reaction chamber and nozzles.

The exact design of these will depend on results from the test thruster.

The test thruster for the LES system has finished its first round of tests and we are now developing a more active catalyst and are working on purification and distillation of the fuel so we can achieve our target results.
LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM (LES) Update - March 2004
We are currently taking delivery of various LES components and we are conducting evaluative small thruster test firings.

All this is leading up to a full-scale programme of static LES test firings.

We have organised the use of a test facility and if all goes according to plan a full-scale launch escape test flight, simulating a launch pad escape scenario, will be conducted from a UK site within the next six months.

This test will be spectacular! The LES has been designed to generate approximately 6000kg (6 tonnes) of thrust for a minimum duration of 4 seconds.

This will provide enough impulse to pull the 1 tonne THUNDERSTAR capsule to a minimum altitude of 3000ft, AGL.
LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM (LES) Update - Dec 2003
With the sponsorship of the LES now confirmed, we can now begin construction of the LES rocket.

The majority of the design has been completed, and most of the structure, including tanks, plumbing and valves have been priced, and will be on order very soon.

Construction will begin as soon as parts begin to arrive in our VAB.

The design of the large monopropellant thrusters being used for the LES has been initially completed, but we are going to conduct small scale tests on a 13.5 Kg thrust prototype before the larger thruster goes into production.

Anything learned in the operation of the small scale thrusters will be incorporated into the design of the LES thruster.

If any companies feel they have the expertise - equipment - components that we could use / incorporate into our new designs, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Sponsorship / involvement can begin at any level.

For more information on how you could help have a look at our partners section of the web site.
LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM (LES) Update - Nov 2003

Starchaser are developing a reliable LES to safeguard the lives of their astronauts during all phases of powered ascent. The LES will therefore protect the crew from a variety of emergency scenarios, from a launch pad fire through all stages of powered flight.

In keeping with other LES systems the Starchaser LES is designed to pull the capsule to a high enough altitude (circa 5000 feet) to enable the safe deployment of the emergency parachute recovery systems.

It is expected that a typical LES type abort is likely to expose the crew to a tolerable, although uncomfortable, maximum acceleration of 6Gs for less than 10 seconds.

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