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HyImpulse Receives First Flight License for its Sounding Rocket

HyImpulse rocket engine. Credit: HyImpulse
Ibadan, 8 March 2024 – HyImpulse has received its first flight license from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for its sounding rocket, which is now ready to launch from the Shetland Islands thanks to the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). Furthermore, the Company plans consecutive launches of the sounding rocket for later this year from the SaxaVord spaceport in Shetland. The rocket’s maiden launch will tentatively happen from Australia this April.

Licensing from the CAA was key to this stage of the company’s space program and comes after a rigorous testing campaign supported by metrology experts at the NMIS. During the testing phase, HyImpulse worked with NMIS to develop a methodology to capture detailed dimensional measurement data to check the engine’s safety and performance before and after a series of trial horizontal tests on land at Scatsta Airport.

Konstantin Tomilin, Chief Operating Officer, HyImpulse, said: “With the latest round of testing, we are another step closer to launching the rocket, and the support from NMIS has been instrumental in getting us to this point.” The COO also added, “The hybrid system provides a more cost-effective and efficient way to launch payloads into space and will be a game changer in getting small satellites into orbit. Our propulsion system will push the boundaries of hybrid rocket technology, and we look forward to seeing the impact this new technology will have on the industry as a whole.”

Hybrid rocket engines use a combination of both liquid and solid propellants. Therefore, they offer the simplicity and safety of solid rockets together with the controllability of liquid rockets. This makes them easier to handle and store, and they have fewer parts than traditional engines. Hybrid rockets also use non-toxic fuels with lower emissions, making them more sustainable.

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