Peter Madsen introduces his team’s sea-launch platform, that will eventually be used to launch a man into space in 2019.
Video Caption: RML SpaceLab has a clear mission: To send the first amateur to space! To do so RML SpaceLab have had to come up with smart solutions on how to launch your own rocket. The solution is to launch from water and therefore RML has build a sea-launch platform. The Sea Launch concept for large experimental amateur rockets was first implemented by 2010 by Peter Madsen, using the same submarine as tugboat with a smaller platform called MLP Sputnik. Now, a bigger platform is about to be deployed to the Baltic Sea, for a new series of rocket launches, leading to manned rocket flight by 2019.
RML Spacelab has unveiled their new floating launch platform or sea launch platform as named by the team. Unlike Sputnik designed by Peter at Copenhagen Suborbital’s, his new platform design is able to be disassembled and fits inside a standard shipping container, enabling easy storage and movability to any launch location desired!
The platform is able to be tilted by up to 5 degrees by the use of ballast tanks, similar to the way a submarine works, has a built in guide wire system (but can be equipped with a launch rail) and can accommodate a rocket of up to 3 tons in weight and 7 tons of thrust.
I recently discovered a group in Norway, Foreningen Rakett-teknikk, building KNO3 rocket motors and rockets. The most recent video of a test, posted below, shows the groups work towards an L class size motor.
“This is the 7. test of the Havørn rocket engine and the first qualification test. We now believe the engine can reach our goal of 160-190 kg. thrust over a 3-4 second burn. The burn was nominal and met our requirements, outside chamber temperature reached 150 degrees celsius in nozzle end. Total impulse of 5000 Newton-sec means a full L class on this test. Next qualification test is with a better igniter and some fine tuning on the nozzle.”
The group have also been working on an offshore launch platform which can be floated out, then utilizing a counterweight system is able to be stood vertical, ready for launch operations.
“Vertical test in calm waters. The platform is a 200mm, 6 meters long sewer pipe and a 4 meters high aluminium tower. With a 162kg counterweight, we can have a 20kg rocket mounted.”