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Hybrid engine test by Nammo

Apr 05

Nammo is close to completing a rocket engine that will make green space propulsion a reality. Nammo’s hybrid rocket works by having the oxidizer separate from the solid fuel, and it is able to regulate its power by simply regulating the flow of the oxidizer. If necessary, it can even be turned off completely before re-igniting. The main benefit, however, is that only one fluid needs to be regulated, which makes the rocket far more

Reusable liquid rocket engine test by DLR

Feb 01

DLR’s Institute of Structures and Design is responsible for developing a reusable liquid rocket engine. The design is thereby based on ceramic engine components which are specifically qualified due to their high thermal shock resistance and high-temperature applicability.  Thus, innovative design methods become possible allowing such systems to be reused. Furthermore, advanced manufacturing technologies are used for the highly complex injector head component designed by DLR. Partner 3D Systems printed the prototype injector for LOX/kerosene

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visits the SMILE Project

Oct 05

On October the 5th 2016 the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was invited by NLR. The Prime Minister was informed on the current status of the SMILE Project. Mister Arnoud van Kleef gave an overview on the current design of the new innovative launcher for Europe. Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Announcement of the SMILE launcher at the European Space Solutions Conference

May 31

By Collin Beers, division manager of Aerospace Vehicles of NLR, Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Member of European Parliament and co-rapporteur Space. kickoff

Start of design for concept SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe (SMILE)

May 31

SMILE_logo_finalSmall satellites launcher targets independent access to space for Europe

The Hague, 31 May 2016 – The ‘Small Innovative Launcher for Europe’ (SMILE), a European Union Horizon 2020 project, was officially launched by Mrs Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Member of European Parliament and co-rapporteur Space, and Mr Collin Beers, division manager of Aerospace Vehicles of NLR-Netherlands Aerospace Centre, at the European Space Solutions conference in The Hague.  The objectives of the SMILE project are to design