Robert Clark over at Polymath has posted an interesting blog post titled ‘Orbital rockets are now easy, page 2: solid-rockets for cube sats‘
Robert explores the use of solid rocket motors to put a CubeSat into orbit. Leveraging of current amateur and student projects which have been developing large and successful motors, an orbital launcher may be in the realms capable by such a team.
Worth a read to peak your interest!
Looks like the team are getting closer to the launch of their Skybolt 2 rocket.
Updated 2/8/2017 – Added more launch footage
IST successfully launched their Momo sounding rocket, unfortunately, a glitch in the telemetry of the rocket was encountered and the flight was terminated after 66sec of powered flight, the rocket then fell into the ocean safe zone 6.5km off shore.
I have already read talk of Momo2, so hopefully, the team can give it another shot before the year is out.
Interstellar Technologies Inc have been working towards launch of their Momo sounding rocket, this will be the first private rocket launch to go to space from Japan.
Momo is 9.9m long, 0.502m diameter and has a lift off weight of 1000kg. Able to deliver a 20kg payload to 120km in altitude the rocket is powered by a 12kN lox/ethanol pressure fed engine.
You can download the payload user guide here for more information.
The team have had a very active development path, I thoroughly suggest checking out their YouTube channel if this is the first you have heard of them!
Although out of the amateur realm, I have been following the group for some time, so fingers crossed for a successful launch.
The launch is scheduled for July 29th.
Video Caption: On June 24, 2017, interns and mentors from United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched the 53-foot-tall Future Heavy, breaking their own record for launching the world’s largest sport rocket. The rocket carried 16 payloads (experiments and instruments) from K-12 teams, Ball Aerospace mentors and a combined ULA/Roush Industries team. Working on their own time, ULA interns designed, built and launched the rockets with the guidance of mentors, and Ball Aerospace mentors volunteered their time to create and test their payload. The rocket launched at the Spaceport America Cup International Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in association with the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA).
Looks like the team has been making steady progress, the flight must not be too far away. If you know leave a comment below or hit me up on twitter!