Gilmour powers up with 90kN test fire

By on 25 January, 2021

Queensland’s Gilmour Space Technologies has carried out a successful hotfire of the world’s largest single-port hybrid rocket engine.

According to CEO Adam Gilmour, the 90 kiloNewton thrust achieved in the test constitutes a record for the type of engine design, which will power the first two stages of the company’s Eris launch vehicle, currently under development.

“We achieved a record 91 kilonewtons (or 9 tonnes-force) of thrust in this initial verification test of our main engine. I’m happy to report that all systems performed very well during this 10-second test. Our team will be going through the results and conducting longer duration and higher thrust tests in the weeks ahead,” he said.

Gilmour is working towards a 2022 launch of Eris, with a mission carrying payloads from Australian space companies Space Machines Company and Fireball International.

“Many of our Eris launch vehicle components have completed development testing, and the first flight articles are on the manufacturing floor ready to be assembled,” said Mr. Gilmour. “This is going to be a busy year for us; it’s the year we build our rocket.”

Stay up to date by getting stories like this delivered to your mailbox.
Sign up to receive our free weekly Spatial Source newsletter.

You may also like to read:

, , , , , , ,


Sign up now to stay up to date about all the news from Spatial Source. You will get a newsletter every week with the latest news.

How spatial data saves time and money
MetroMap gives access to super high-resolution and accurate ...
Bennett and Bennett expands service capabilities
Bennett and Bennett selects NavVis VLX mobile scanning and d...
Q&A with FIG President, Rudolf Staiger
Staiger reflects on his four years at the helm of FIG and th...
CASA releases RPAS roadmap for the next decade
The roadmap sets out the Authority’s intended approach to ...
OGC joins new Metaverse Standards Forum
The Forum aims to foster open standards collaboration betwee...