Flight Alpha Coming Along

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.

 

RML Launch UC3 Nautilus

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.

Peter Madsen Tests his Rocket Powered Centrifuge!

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.

 

RML Space Lab Rocket Centrifuge

A first look at the team’s rocket powered centrifuge to simulate the launch conditions expected on their manned flight.
It will be one hell of a ride!

You can read more and view more pics over at Peters Blog (In Danish).

RML SpaceLab Sea-Launch Platform

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.

Plan Z for Flight

Peter Madsen of RML Spacelab has recently discussed his team’s Plan Z in order to achieve a manned suborbital flight. With the nearing completion of the floating launch platform, in a recent blog post, Peter outlines the goals and timelines that must be achieved before this flight.

(The following has been translated from the original blog post)

First up, Flight Alpha, expected to take place in June 2017

Standard HATV N2O / PUR hybrid extended by 1500 mm, and with a four-port 3D printed crusiform grain.

(Here introduced the original HATV from 2009, with a slightly elongated tank. Along with a four port grain instead of a seven ports provide better ISP and higher apogee than Sapphire, which was standard.)

Primary mission objectives:

Testing of the wire guide starting system.

Secondary mission objectives:

Recovery of the payload section with orange / white six-meter screen, including testing of Niels Hansen radio tracking system

Expected apogee:

14000 meters.

Followed by Flight Bravo, the same launch vehicle and configuration in July 2017 to thoroughly test the wire guided system.

Flight Charlie follows along in August of 2017,

HEAT 3X (shell rocket) / Tycho Brahe II boiler plate capsule.

(Here are introduced for the first time 1 meter diameter shell launcher, we have already built finnes section and tank section to. In addition, a coarse boiler plate capsule. The fly, which is now fit and for a shell rocket at a memorial ø650 mm HATV deviated N2O / PUR rocket. Fuelgrainen was cast in 2014, and the nozzle and other parts made in 2015. HEAT 3X is basically the original “SuperHATV” with H2O2 replaced with N2O. It has slightly lower density impulse, but the text here is based on computer simulations with N2O one tank of S355 steel and gananvendelse of the original nozzle from SuperHATV arbejdet’. In contrast to H2O2 hybrid we know the characteristics of the hybrid N2O, and have tested them up to more than 100 kN compression force)

Primary mission objectives:

* Testing of the capsule and rocket aerodynamic properties in a “low altitude” test.

Secondary mission objectives:

* Recovery of the capsule including the use of 3 pcs US Army T10 34 foot parachutes.

Expected apogee:

14500 meters

Flight Delta and Echo follow in June and August of 2018 respectively.

Hardware: HEAT4X / Tycho Brahe II BOILERPLATE.

(Here comes HEAT rocket so in a version with 1000 mm tank shell design only by finn section. The engine is a 100 kN hybrid / island 800 Due to the solid design, I hope that a recovery per. Parachute with wet landing is possible, there are very few parts, if any, who do not tolerate seawater in this “big dumb booster”)

Primary mission objectives:

High altitude test of the capsule and rocket.

Secondary Mission objectives:

Recovery of the capsule and launcher.

Expected apogge:

42000 meters.

Expected date:

* Primo June 2018

Flight Ecco:

Hardware: HEAT4X reused / Tycho Brahe II BOILERPLATE.

Primary mission objectives:

Last and final test of the capsule and rocket system

(The flight is the same as Delta, the same rocket, the same capsule)

Secondary Mission objectives:

Recovery of the capsule and launcher.

Expected apogge:

42000 meters.

Expected date:

At the end of August 2018

And finally Flight Foxtrot in 2019, the first manned rocket flight,

Hardware: HEAT 4X reused / Tycho Brahe II MR

Primary mission objectives:

The first manned rocket flight in rocket Madens Rumlaboratorium.

(A manned rocket flight, it is crucial goals for rocket Madsens Rumlaboratorium. Manned rocket flight will regardless of everything else make the possibilities to take the final step toward the 100 km far easier if you get lucky from it.)

Secondary Mission objectives:

Recovery of the capsule and launch vehicle, including recycling of rocket pilot.

Expected apogee:

42000 meters.

This timeline does depend on funds but having had the opportunity to meet Peter, I have no doubt that they will be able to achieve all these milestones on their road to manned space flight.

Watch this space!!