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Hybrid Rocket Technology Exploration

Descrizione del progetto

Una carica per i piccoli satelliti

Il futuro è brillante per la tecnologia di propulsione ibrida che può permettere il volo di razzi sonda e piccoli lanciatori. Il progetto HyTeX, finanziato dall’UE, esplorerà la velocità relativa di regressione del carburante, le proprietà della composizione della cera, e le prestazioni e la stabilità del motore. Verrà anche ottimizzato un innovativo processo di produzione della cera. I risultati apriranno la strada a piccoli satelliti fino a 500 kg con lanciatori basati su una combinazione di tecnologie nuove e consolidate, usando una propulsione ibrida intrinsecamente sicura (propellenti paraffinici/LOX). Fino ad ora, i motori ibridi non hanno beneficiato di grandi investimenti e ricerche. Questa borsa di ricerca si propone di portare la propulsione ibrida dall’attuale stato di sviluppo a una tecnologia completamente matura.

Obiettivo

The space industry is going through a transformational phase, creating unprecedented levels of growth for space and nonspace actors/industry. In the next years a significant increase in the market of small satellites up to 500 kg is expected. The HyImpulse start-up has been created recently and intends to bring to the market the key technologies for a game-changing, unique, low risk, innovative small launcher, with a 500 kg payload capability to LEO. The launcher will be based on a combination of novel and established technologies, using inherently safe hybrid propulsion (paraffin/LOX propellants). These engines combine a liquid oxidizer with a solid fuel thus enabling to benefit from both bi-liquid and solid technologies and advantages.

Unlike solid and liquid technologies, hybrid engines did not benefit from large investments and research in the past due to the inherent complex phenomena occurring into their combustion chamber. This is however changing with the new space constraints which make hybrid motors serious candidate for future applications. This research fellowship aims at bringing hybrid propulsion from the current state of development to a fully mature technology enabling the flight of sounding rockets and small launchers.

The action will allow the elaboration of novel measurement and analysis techniques to study the fuel regression rate, the wax composition properties & the engine performances and stability. In addition to the scientific investigations of complex and coupled phenomena occurring in the combustion chamber of a hybrid engine, an innovative wax manufacturing process will be optimised in collaboration with colleagues from HyImpulse. The most original aspect of the fellowship is the combination of scientific investigations of complex phenomena with innovative technical developments that are required to make hybrid propulsion technology competitive in the coming years.

Coordinatore

HYIMPULSE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 174 806,40
Indirizzo
WILHELM MAYBACH STRASSE 5
74196 Neuenstadt Am Kocher
Germania

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Regione
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Heilbronn, Landkreis
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 174 806,40