Gold Coast based Australian rocket company @GilmoreSpace has conducted a 45 second ‘hot fire’ test.— Mark Steven ????????????? (@_MarkSteven) June 26, 2020
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The first in a series of major demonstrations of innovations in this year was by Rocket engineers at the Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland, Australia: a 45-second efficient "hot blast" of their hybrid rocket engine in the upper stage.
Gilmour Space's CEO and co-founder, Adam Gilmour said, "This was our longest and most successful test fire to date. "It is a crucial proof of our ability to generate repeatable, reliable and high-power combustion during a long-term burning and a significant achievement in the production of hybrid rockets," they added.
Gilmour Space creates modern cost-effective secure and green hybrid propulsion systems, unlike other commercial launch vehicles powered by solid or liquid-driven engines. "This engine is able to drive on our Eris orbital launch vehicle in the upper stage and carry payloads to the necessary orbits for our customers," he says. "Our next task is to carry out this engine for a maximum term service cycle."
Gilmour was affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, as was the case for other Australian businesses. "It took us some of our growth efforts and half our team's transition to remote work to a period," Mr. Gilmour said. Despite these challenges the company continues to carry out this year a number of major tests including a number of low-altitude flight tests, a thrust vector control system test, and a more powerful static fire of its first-stage rocket engine.
"Our objective is to launch Australia and our customers in the space by 2022 with every test we are moving close to it."
With 50 workers in its Gold Coast rocket plant, Gilmour Space is expanding to industrial, civil and defense areas around Australia's manufacturing and development borders. The organisation signed with the Australian Space Agency in December of last year a Strategic Declaration to demonstrate its commitment to providing 'access to the atmosphere' as a civil priority field. In May, the Australian Defence Science Technology Group signed a cooperation agreement to develop techniques to allow sovereign launch capacities in Australia.
"There is clearly an enthusiasm for launch. We believe that space could be an important industry for Australia in future by 2022 with the right focus, investment and hopefully an open-ended launch site, one that builds on our advanced production capabilities and offers real employment opportunities, recovery and growth.