Surely El Reg (or it's readers) could back this further ?
How about a pi-in-a-can minisat ?
With two launches of the SkyLark Nano under its belt, Skyrora aims to go orbital in the coming years – assuming UK Parliament keeps up. The Register had a chat with the Brit rocketeer at its Edinburgh HQ to learn more. The two-metre solid fuel-powered Skylark Nano was launched this month, hitting an altitude of 6km and a speed …
Gov.uk needs something to launch the gps.uk fleet, so they better bloody well pull their fingers out.
Although what will actually happen is if they ever get some legislation in place to allow launches from UK soil, it'll end up being so loose and woolly that anyone with the money can do it and it'll all be bought up by foreign companies. All in the interest of "fair play" of course, rather than nurturing UK industry.
Interesting that they're using Hydrogen Peroxide as an oxidiser in the liquid propellant system, to my knowledge the only orbital launcher to use it was the Black Knight.
Really hoping that the UK can get to orbit again, then we'll be the only country in the world to develop orbital capabilities twice.
The satellite launcher was Black Arrow. Black Knight, which also used HTP oxidiser, was a sounding rocket.
What I want to know is where Skyrora get its HTP - the last I read, rocket-grade HTP was no longer made by hydrogen peroxide suppliers, and I gather it's non-trivial to turn lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide into what's best for rockets.
These folk seem to be offering it:
Easier to store/handle than LOX, and far less toxic than dinitrogen tetroxide (or red fuming nitric acid). But still something that makes it on to Derek Lowe's "Things I won't work with" blog!
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