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Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« on: 03/05/2020 05:15 pm »
Not sure how long they have been going but here’s a UK company developing a sea launch Black Arrow 2 small sat launcher



One notable thing is that in their new newsletter they say:

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Since the last newsletter, we have been incredibly fortunate to have negotiated an agreement with a major investor to fully fund the company development activities, up to the completion of the test launch phase of the project, which is anticipated to take between two and three years

https://blackarrow-space.uk/

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BLACK ARROW 2 LAUNCH VEHICLE
The Black Arrow 2 two-stage launch vehicle will be designed and manufactured at our premises in Oxfordshire.

The vehicle will be constructed with leading edge composites, using patented techniques, developed and refined with expertise from successful Formula 1 teams – close neighbours of ours.

Propellant and other pressure tanks within the vehicle will be designed and constructed by our Astrotanks sister Company using advanced manufacturing techniques, initially bonding specialist alloys with our own composites.  Fully composite replacements will appear a short time.

The rocket will be powered by proven engine and propulsion technologies, adapted for use in the Black Arrow 2 launch vehicle, comprising innovative 3D printed parts, and using cryogenic Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquid Oxygen (LOx) propellants, providing the thrust we require to achieve desired orbits.  This is a cost-effective, environmentally friendly system, suited to support reusable systems.  Five engines will provide ~450kN thrust to the First Stage, with added reliability and recovery function, with a single-engine propelling the Upper Stage.

The result will be a system that is more than capable of meeting the orbital requirements of our immediate customers.

The system is designed for scale-up and, after initial demonstration, we will be able to increase our lift capacity and performance to meet more lucrative international markets.

We will establish high thrust test facilities, to support ‘stack’ tests (initially up to 1MN thrust), and system integration/processing facilities, alongside our spaceport centre.

Not clear to me if this is related to the Horizon SAS company from a few years ago?
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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #1 on: 03/05/2020 06:32 pm »
According to their latest newsletter of February 2020, this is just a powerpoint rocket. "It is too early to say exactly when we will begin recruiting ..."
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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #2 on: 03/05/2020 07:34 pm »
From this page: https://blackarrow-space.uk/join-the-space-race-help-build-a-concept-engine/ they are looking to crowd fund their engine development.

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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #3 on: 03/06/2020 06:12 am »
Not clear to me if this is related to the Horizon SAS company from a few years ago?

Horizon SAS was also using methalox, so there may be a connection. Paul Williams is a founder of Black Arrow with Bill Leach as head of marketing.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spacepropulsion/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/billleach/
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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #4 on: 03/06/2020 07:00 am »
The picture doesn't match the text. 5 main engines verses 1 main engine.

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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #5 on: 06/11/2021 09:11 am »


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The Angry Astronaut interviews the CEO of a company that, with funding, can perform ocean launches in two years!  Britannia rules the waves!! (And orbits!)

Check out Black Arrow!!
https://blackarrow-space.uk/

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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #6 on: 06/15/2021 04:42 am »
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The Angry Astronaut interviews the CEO of a company that, with funding, can perform ocean launches in two years!  Britannia rules the waves!! (And orbits!)

With enough money anything can be done in two years (or three, or one, or just pick a number).. however an educated guess plus the current status of the COVID pandemic over there says extremely unlikely on both counts.
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #7 on: 09/16/2022 12:28 pm »
Still not seen any announcement of funding, but they’ve just released an updated video …

« Last Edit: 09/16/2022 12:28 pm by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #8 on: 07/21/2023 12:33 pm »
https://twitter.com/blackarrowspace/status/1682368013482225666

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A sneak preview of our second stage engine test.
More details on this engine coming soon, including a video of a longer-duration firing.
#ukspace #rocketscience #spaceindustry #smallsat

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Re: Black Arrow Space Technologies; Black Arrow 2
« Reply #9 on: 08/09/2023 12:02 pm »
https://twitter.com/blackarrowspace/status/1689240333182291968

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Things are hotting up at Black Arrow Space Technologies!
Second Stage Engine Test Video.
The efforts of Argo Navis Aerospace are shortening our development time and supporting our international ambitions.
#uklaunch #ukspace #rocketscience #space

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