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STARCHASER NEEDS YOU


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22/12/2010

Exceptional Volunteers Required
If you’re passionate about space and space exploration, and have
relevant aerospace and engineering skills and experience,
Starchaser Industries needs you! We’re looking to create an elite
group of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help design,
build, and launch a new generation of British rockets.

Starchaser needs people who are hard working, technically gifted
and can work as part of a close-knit, integrated team. Although we
do not have the budgets associated with traditional state-funded
space programmes we have developed an incremental approach to
R&D in pursuit of our goal of ‘affordable access to space’. As a
Starchaser volunteer you’ll be part of an amazing project, sharing
ideas, and gaining hands-on practical experience in something that
most people can only dream of.

Based in Hyde, just outside Manchester, Starchaser Industries
have been developing and launching rockets since the mid 90s and
in 2001 we launched the largest rocket ever to have flown from the
UK. Over the last few of years, work has focused on propulsion
with a number of successful static test firings of both bi-liquid and
hybrid rocket engines. We’re now pushing forward with further
development and flight testing.
In order to achieve our objectives we must attract the very best
talent; people who are both qualified in their respective fields but
who also seek to challenge the status-quo and want to be part of
an exciting project focused on putting Britain into space.

If you want to be part of something different and make a real
contribution, we definitely want to hear from you.

Volunteers wanted in the following areas:

Engineering
• Rocket propulsion
• Guidance, navigation & control
• Telemetry
• Avionics
• Airframe
• Mechanical systems
• Project Management
• Electronics Business & Operations
• Sponsorship development & management
• Marketing and PR

Business operations
• Sponsorship development & management
• Marketing and PR


NEW PARTNERSHIPS



10/11/2010

We are proud to announce new partnerships forged with the
Association for Science Education and also with the Pennine
Shooting Sports Association.

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest
subject association in the UK. Members include teachers,
technicians and others involved in science education.

The Association plays a significant role in promoting excellence in
teaching and learning of science in schools and colleges. Working
closely with the science professional bodies, industry and
business, the ASE provides a UK-wide network bringing together
individuals and organisations to share ideas and tackle challenges
in science teaching, develop resources and foster high quality
Continuing Professional Development.


Pennine Shooting Sports Association (PSSA) Diggle Ranges are
some of the oldest in the UK. The PSSA has a large membership
approaching 300 and organises a wide range of shooting events
and competitions for its members. In addition the PSSA offer
training facilities to the Greater Manchester Police and test
facilities to British Aerospace (Royal Ordnance). Starchaser has
used the ranges on a number of occasions for rocket engine test
firing purposes and is excited about the prospect of further
collaboration.



WALLACE AND GROMIT'S WORLD OF INVENTION



04/11/2010

Watch out for us on episode two of the new TV series Wallace &
Gromit’s World of Invention to be broadcast on Wednesday 10th
November at 7:30 PM on BBC1.

This episode which is entitled Reach for the Sky explores the
mysteries behind man's fascination with flight; in addition to the
piece on Starchaser it looks at jetpacks, spacesuits for Mars and
the life of Gustav Mesmer


STARCHASER STUDENT PROJECTS



03/11/2010

At Starchaser we partner with many colleges and universities in
our R&D Outreach Programme. The following is a list of
undergraduate project ideas that are open to all. Students wishing
to become involved in any of these projects should contact us at



A MARTIAN ODYSSEY FOR CONCORDE



04/11/2010

Overview

On Monday 18th October 2010 Starchaser officially launched its
brand new spectacular science enrichment show MARTIAN
ODYSSEY beneath one of man’s greatest achievements of the
20th century, the breathtaking CONCORDE G-BOAC, pride of the
British Airways supersonic fleet at Manchester Airports Runway
Visitors near Altrincham.

About Martian Odyssey A brand new show from Starchaser,
Martian Odyssey employs a range of unusual and spectacular
experiments to demonstrate how the human race will utilise the
resources of the inner solar system to explore and colonise outer
space.

Using simple chemical equations Martian Odyssey shows how
Terrestrial hydrogen can be reacted with Martian carbon dioxide to
produce methane rocket fuel, water and oxygen. Electromagnetic
launchers are demonstrated as a means of exploiting the vast
mineral wealth of the Moon, the asteroids and the moons of Mars.

The hydroponics and recycling systems component has many
links to Energy and Recycling within the national curriculum and
the show as a whole stimulates new ways of thinking of
Citizenship.



FURTHER PROGRESS ON THE STARCHASER ECO-ROCKET



15/09/2010

Overview

A successful launch of the Eco-Rocket is important to
Starchaser’s future manned space flight programme as it will test
fly the major components of the Launch Escape System (LES)
that could be used to save the lives of Starchaser astronauts
aboard the Thunderstar space tourism vehicle.

Stage one of the LES project was to design and build a pilot scale
rocket motor and to decide upon the most suitable candidate
propellant combinations. Stage two was to build and test a full
sized (1 tonne equivalent thrust) rocket motor and to test that
motor in a static test rig. Stage three is where we are currently at;
where we are fitting the motor and its various systems into an
airframe with a view to launching as a rocket in its own right. Once
proved, Stage four will see the LES rocket attached to the top of
the Nova 2 capsule and rocket, where shortly after launch, the LES
will be fired up and used to pull the capsule clear of the booster
rocket.

Launch Pad

The Starchaser 3 launch pad and tower has been assembled and
is undergoing overhaul and modification to accept the Eco-rocket
which at xx diameter is slightly larger than the Starchaser 3 and
Starchaser 3a rockets that were originally flown from it.

The launch pad and tower are designed to protect the rocket prior
to flight and to orientate and keep the rocket stable for the first few
moments following rocket motor ignition.

Airframe

The main airframe components for the rocket have been test fitted
together with the engine, tanks and plumbing contained therein.
The airframe was then disassembled prior to overwrapping with two
extra layers of epoxy glass. With the exception of the fin canister
these components are now awaiting final machining. The fin
canister has already been surface finished and is currently being
fitted with its fins.

Avionics

An emergency abort test circuit has been built and successfully
tested in the laboratory. A flight ready version is now under
construction with a view to field testing shortly. This circuit is vital
to flight safety as it will be used to shut down the rocket during
flight should any emergency situation arise.


Launch Date

To be confirmed.




ROCKET DAY AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT



03/06/2010

We’ll be exhibiting the 9 metre Skybolt rocket at the Manchester
Airport Runway Visitor Park on Sunday June 13th.

In addition to Skybolt which will be on display from 10 am - 4 pm,
some of our team will be on hand to talk about the Starchaser
Project and we’ll also be putting on our Rocket Factory 1 workshop
where visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to build and
launch their own compressed air powered rockets.

The Runway Visitor Park is one of the North West's most popular
outdoor attractions; adjacent to the busy runways of Manchester
Airport, it's the very best place to see aircraft take off and land.

With around 600 aircraft movements each day, there's always
something to see.

The Park is home to the G-BOAC Concorde and has a fantastic
outdoor area that includes DC-10, Trident and Avro RJX aircraft
exhibits as well as a gift shop and restaurants.

Normal entry charges will apply and we recommend you book
aircraft tours in advance.


INIVATION TO STARCHASER ROCKET LAUNCH EVENT



17/03/2010

Following the successful conclusion of a number of static test
firings we are currently fitting our new Eco-Engine into a rocket
airframe with a view to launching later this year.

The 6.5 metre rocket which has yet to be officially named will be
powered by a combination of High Test Peroxide and Polyethylene
fuel when it launches from our test range off the North West coast.
This rocket will be our most complex to date and promises to be
one of the most spectacular.

The projected altitude will be anything up to 30,000 feet (depending
on CAA approval) and will test vital systems for the Launch Escape
System of our Space Tourism vehicle Thunderstar.

In order to ensure that the above is completed this year (we’re
aiming for the end of august 2010) we need to raise a further
£20,000 to help cover the costs of rocket fuel, insurance and
logistics etc, so for the first time ever we’re making tickets
available for those who might be interested in attending the launch.

There will be 400 tickets printed and we are offering these in
exchange for a donation of £50 (for each ticket) towards our eco-
rocket launch costs.

In addition and prior to the launch, we’ll also invite every ticket
holder to an exclusive presentation / prelaunch briefing where they
will have an opportunity to meet the Starchaser team and view the
rocket up close.

Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and
you can apply for as many as you like but since numbers are
strictly limited and we have just mailed this offer to some 3000
people, we would suggest you do it sooner rather than later!

To reserve your ticket please fill in the enclosed application form
and forward together with your payment to our usual address.

Terms and conditions apply to this offer so please make sure you
read and understand them.

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a very
exciting launch.


SITUATIONS VACANT



24/02/2010

Due to continued expansion we now have full and part time
vacancies within our Educational Outreach programme for
enthusiastic science communicators.



MANCHESTER KIDS TO BECOME ROCKET SCIENTISTS FOR A DAY



20/01/2010

Manchester United Kingdom The regions school pupils are being
offered a unique chance to name a new rocket as part of an
innovative pilot study that will take rocket science into the heart of
the classroom.

Manchester based Starchaser Industries has joined forces with
Tameside Council to create the Tameside Rocket Science
Challenge in which children are being asked to come up with a
suitable name for Starchaser’s new 5 metre, eco friendly rocket
ship.

In addition, up to 40 primary and 10 local secondary schools are
being offered the opportunity to take part in this dedicated Science
Challenge. Taking the form of a bespoke educational enrichment
package the study will build upon Starchaser’s existing
educational outreach activities which support science, technology,
engineering and mathematics within the national curriculum.

The innovative new rocket, the engine of which was developed with
£130,000 funds from a North West Development Agency grant,
burns recycled polythene as fuel, producing a colourless,
smokeless exhaust. It is to be flown later this year from
Morecambe Bay and it is hoped that it will pave the way for safe,
clean access to the final frontier.

As part of the school’s package children will be able to learn about
the workings of this and other rocket engines through Starchaser’s
spectacular and “explosion” studded Propulsion Lab science show
and they will also be given the chance to build and safely launch
their own model rockets as part of Starchaser’s Rocket Factory 1
Workshop. Both activities will include follow on class work that
also links to numeracy and literacy.

Tameside Councillor Ged Cooney, Executive Member for Lifelong
Learning said: “This unique chance to study will place Tameside
pupils at the forefront of practical learning about science and space
and rocket technology.

“It will be a tremendous boost to their learning, inspiring children
about science and encouraging many young people to consider
taking their studies further as they move on to higher education
and careers in this high-tech industry.”

Steve Bennett, Managing Director of Starchaser Industries said:
“We travel the length and breadth of the UK delivering a range of
educational packages to some 200 schools every year. But
partnering with Tameside Council will enable us to engage with an
unprecedented number of children in the local area, where we will
use the excitement of rocketry to turn more youngsters on to
science related subjects”.

It is anticipated that the successful completion of the study which
will run from January to March 2010 will provide a framework for
rolling out further innovative educational enrichment activities to
more Tameside schools in the future.

Any school interested in participating in the scheme should
contact programme coordinator Matt Shewbridge on 0161 882
9922.

For more information please contact Starchaser on 44 (0)161 882
9922 or Email info@starchaser.co.uk



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