Video Caption: 9 second test burn of Hybrid Motor 7 – Heavy. This is the first burn with enough thrust to launch safely, as well as our most stable burn.
The 11th engine test is finally here! After the success of the last test, we are happy to announce that test 11 yielded an even better result! Not only did we manage to reach the full design burn time of the engine, we also even managed to extend the burn time of the engine, improving the total performance of the engine. Are you curious to see what burn time we reached? Then check out this video!
Destination Moon is the joint venture between past interns of RML Space Lab and Copenhagen Suborbital’s, Stefan Eisenknappl and Jop Nijenhuis. Their goal is to build and launch the world’s most powerful amateur rocket, in this case a 65kN thrust hybrid rocket inspired by the XFLR-6 moon rocket from the Tin-Tin comic book series.
The Luna rocket will stand 8.5m tall and is 1m in diameter and will be capable of lifting 500kg of payload mass to 10km in altitude.
Jop and Stefan have already made good progress with the building of the rocket engine and recent pressure testing of the oxidiser tank.
The goal is to perform a static engine test in the next couple of months and then launch the rocket from the Baltic Sea in Autumn of this year.
Video Caption: On November 10th RML had the 3rd successful hybrid rocket engine test. Testing 100mm Dinitrogenoxid and Pur, all tests with success.
The team has been testing how long it takes the rocket exhaust to burn through various sized metal rods, this will be used to drop the early guidance system. I presume this is the wire guided system intended to be used at launch to avoid a long launch rail while keeping the rocket stable until aerodynamic forces can properly take over. Interorbital Systems recently used this approach, but it has also been employed by the French on their early sounding rockets.