British Rocket Skybolt 2 Launches Successfully | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-

Airborne Unlimited-

AMA Drone Report-

Airborne Unlimited-

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 07.16.18

Airborne-UnManned 07.17.18

Airborne 07.18.18

AMA Drone Report 07.19.18

Airborne 07.20.18


Airborne 07.16.18

Airborne-UnManned 07.17.18

Airborne 07.18.18

AMA Drone Report 07.19.18

Airborne 07.20.18

It's ALIVE!!! The 2018 AirVenture Innovation Preview is Viewable RIGHT NOW at or!

Wed, Sep 13, 2017

British Rocket Skybolt 2 Launches Successfully

Ultimate Goal Is Space Tourism, Commercial Satellite Launch

A rocket fueled by recycled tires has been launched on its first test flight from a Ministry of Defence facility in northern England. The Skybolt 2 is the first step for Starchaser Industries, founded by entrepreneur Steve Bennett, towards eventually carrying tourists into space.

According to the Starchaser Facebook page, the flight, which has been sponsored by the University of Chester, had several goals, including engaging testing an an array of electronic instruments for use in future manned rockets; fly an accelerometer payload for Sheffield Hallam University; test a parachute recovery system for use in future manned rockets; engage young people and encourage them to pursue Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas, and; serve as a springboard in pursuit of social funding which will support future Starchaser projects.

The U.K. newspaper The Telegraph reports that the only occupant of the rocket this time was a teddy bear that was on loan from a local elementary school. But the company eventually hopes to develop a manned spacecraft that will carry three people on suborbital trajectories.

That spacecraft would be carried by a much larger rocket, the Nova 2, also fueled in part by recycled tires. Bennett said that the first flight of the larger rocket is planned to take place in about 18 months.

The Skybolt 2 reached an altitude of 4,000 feet, according to the report.

According to the company website, Starchaser Industries is working on two concepts for the purpose of Space Tourism. The near term objective is the creation of a 3 person reusable space capsule called Thunderstar which will be used for sub-orbital flights in excess of 100km. The second system is a vertically launched 8 seat sub-orbital spaceplane that could be upgradeable for orbital applications.

Both the capsule and the space plane design feature pressurised environments where the occupants will be further protected by means of Russian Sokol derived spacesuits. Both spacecraft will also be fitted with a Launch Escape System (LES); the capsule will make use of a tower system whereas the spaceplane will utilize a system located to the aft of the vehicle.

All critical systems will be automated and protected by redundant backup systems. Taking the above safety features into account, the survivability from a catastrophic failure of hardware is considered close to 100% and significantly higher than that offered by contemporary Space Tourism systems. Along with space tourism, they also plan to launch micro-satellites for customers.

(Image from Facebook)



More News

ANN FAQ: Q&A 101

A Few Questions AND Answers To Help You Get MORE Out of ANN!>[...]

One More Reason To Celebrate Oshkosh -- ANN To Select Best Sportplanes of 2018!

In An Age Clouded By Icon's Flim-Flammery, We Want To Suggest Companies/Planes We HONESTLY Believe You Should Trust As we have in year's past... ANN is dusting off one of our reade>[...]

Details About ANN’s NEW Social Media Program (SMP) For Oshkosh 2018!

ANN Pushes Aviation Media Further Into The 21st Century... ANN is radically updating its social media campaign for the upcoming 2018 Oshkosh AirVenture Fly-In. This is just the lat>[...]

It's ALIVE! 2018 AirVenture Innovation Preview Program Now Available

Get The Inside Details On THE Most Exciting NEW Innovations And Product Announcements From OSHKOSH 2018... The staff of EAA and the Aero-News Network were pleased to release the la>[...]

'An Extraordinary Friends of Bob Hoover' Event Scheduled For AirVenture Oshkosh

Some Tickets Remaining For The Annual Hoover Get-Together An “EFOB” (Extraordinary Friends of Bob Hoover) event will be held Wednesday evening, July 25th, during this y>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC