RML Spacelab has been a bit quiet recently, especially since the launch of the UC3 Nautilus, the teams submarine/launch platform tug.
But Peter and his team have been hard at work with the recent completion of the Flight Alpha rocket.
At 8.4m in length and 220mm in diameter, the rocket will be fueled by nitrous oxide and polyurethane and has an expected apogee of 14km.
The launch will test the wire guided system, which will stabilise the rocket for the first 50m of its flight. This technique was common with the French Vesta rockets and most recently Interorbitals CPM rocket.
Flight Alpha launch window opens August 26-27th and Flight Bravo window opens September 3-4th.
The team also unveiled their mission patch for the flight, shown below.
UC3 Nautilus is pivotal to the team’s upcoming manned space program where it will be used to tow out the floating launch platform into the Baltic.
RML Spacelab have conducted another test of their rocket powered centrifuge, although no one in the seat for this run.
Check out the ‘G’ indicator in the pilot’s seat!
And also in high speed.
Peter Madsen of RML SpaceLab, over the weekend, took his rocket powered centrifuge for a test run, and boy what a ride it looked like!
The N2O/Polyurethane hybrid rocket engine had a burn time of 5 seconds spinning Peter up to a peak G-loading of 6.8gs. The aim of the centrifuge is to replicate the G-forces that Peter will experience on his future manned flight, therefore fully preparing him for all flight regimes.
A test of RML Space Labs rocket powered centrifuge, epic!!
Video Caption: On March 4th 2017 this rocket powered human centrifuge will be manned for the first time as RML rocket pilot and CEO Peter Madsen is strapped into it, to endure a simulated suborbital rocket launch.
There is however, nothing simulated about the rocket motor, or the g load, it burns live propellants, and was tested to a staggering 10,5 g´s during this unmanned dressed rehearsal.
With the rocket pilot strapped in the g-loads will be 5 – 6 during the first manned ride, but the contraption can go well beyond this level as seen in the video.
The test is public, if you happen to be in Copenhagen on 4th March 2017.
Peter Madsen carries out a walkthrough of his team’s rocket centrifuge, that will be used to train the pilot and let them experience the loads that will be expected when launched on their manned rocket.
It will be an exciting time on both!!
The centrifuge is expected to be tested on March 4th, 2017.