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« on: 07/11/2017 02:26 PM »
Orbex wins Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Grant for Space Launch Vehicle Tanks

London, 11 July 2017: Orbex, the UK-based developer of launch vehicles and services for small satellites, has won a prestigious European Commission Horizon 2020 SME Instrument award.

The grant was awarded to assist in the development of an innovative space launch vehicle fuel tank architecture developed by Orbex, which reduces the dry mass of launch vehicles by as much as 30% compared to traditional technologies.

“It’s a welcome validation of our innovative, patent-pending structural technology and a confirmation that we are addressing a really significant problem with a globally-relevant market opportunity,” said Chris Larmour, CEO of Orbex. “Orbex engineers have already developed functional prototypes of the system, complete with cryogenic cooling systems and instrumentation, and we’re confident it works.”

With 2,030 entrants in the cohort, the SME Instrument awards are exceptionally competitive, and only 7 companies across Europe were awarded a space-related grant in the same period. Orbex is one of the first UK space sector companies to win an SME Instrument award.

“This kind of technology is really crucial in vehicles of this class, where every extra kilogram makes a difference to efficiency and performance,” said Kristian von Bengtson, Orbex CTO. “We’ve carefully studied several options and designed a solution that is really elegant and simple to execute, but that also delivers an enormous benefit in terms of mass and complexity reduction.”

The SME Instrument programme is designed to assist internationally-oriented SMEs in implementing high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas. It aims at supporting projects with a European dimension that lead to major changes in how business is done.

Orbex recently announced an investment by one of Europe’s largest VC funds, as well as the existence of a large rocket vehicle production facility that had previously been kept under wraps.


They write a nice press release but where are the pictures that prove they are actually doing stuff?
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Re: Orbex wins some money for tanks
« Reply #1 on: 07/17/2017 07:12 PM »
Another article on Orbex in the UK press:-

All systems go for second launch bid at spaceport

A second consortium has unveiled a bid to send satellites into space from a remote spot on the north coast of Scotland.

Orbex, a British company, has developed a satellite rocket launcher funded by the UK Space Agency, the European Commission and private investors.

The company has identified the A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland, near Tongue, as the best location in Britain to send satellites into “sun-synchronous orbit”, which means they pass over any given point of the Earth’s surface at the same solar time.

Last week, it emerged a consortium led by Lockheed Martin had also identified A’Mhoine as a perfect launch site, due to its remote coastal location.

Orbex’s micro-launcher is about 18m tall and could transport small satellites of around 150kg to an altitude of 750 miles.

The firm’s plans include a new space rocket factory in Scotland to complement an existing facility, creating 120 jobs in the region and more than 800 new related roles.

“We recently led a consortium that made a proposal to the UK Space Agency to operate a launch site on the A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland,” said Chris Larmour, from Orbex.

On Wednesday, members of the House of Lords discussed the government’s Space Industry Bill, including the UK’s membership of the European Space Agency and the use of Scottish locations for proposed spaceports.

It is hoped that “a significant proportion” of the estimated 3,500 to 10,000 satellites that are due to be launched by 2025, will be from British soil.

In the last two years, Glasgow has built more satellites than any other city in Europe.

Lord Moynihan, the Conservative peer, said that while Prestwick airport is a contender for horizontal space flights, “it is not looking to become a Cape Canaveral with vertical launches — more remote locations would fit that bill”.

He added that Scotland has an “impressive space cluster” of 100 private and public organisations and 18% of the jobs in the UK space industry.

Scotland is also home to the UK-owned independent satellite manufacturer, Clyde Space. Craig Clark, the chief executive, said last week that a rocket base in the Highlands could be a major tourist attraction.



They are being quite coy with images, but I wonder if they have actually been doing stuff?

This image seems to indicate some real worid work going on - my spidey sense says they have cropped it deliberately to hide some details, especially the size:-

And the title of that image is "Engine-Detail.jpg"...
« Last Edit: 07/17/2017 07:22 PM by ringsider »