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Re: Norway NSLV
« Reply #40 on: 09/27/2018 12:22 pm »
Launch success! Altitude over 100 km.
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Re: Norway NSLV
« Reply #41 on: 09/27/2018 12:28 pm »
Shot of the vehicle going up.

Congratulations to Nammo for the successful launch!

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Confirmed successful mission! #NucleusLaunch

https://twitter.com/Nammo/status/1045288843325394944
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Re: Norway NSLV
« Reply #42 on: 09/27/2018 02:01 pm »
https://twitter.com/AndoyaSpace/status/1045291556184326144
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Successful launch of the Nucleus vehicle. Apogee 107 kilometers. Motor and payload performed successfully. Congratulations to the entire launch crew.

Launch photo by Trond Abrahamsen, ASC

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Re: Norway NSLV
« Reply #43 on: 09/27/2018 06:34 pm »
 I need to keep up more. I just spent a few days about 50 miles from that site and never knew about it.
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Re: Norway NSLV
« Reply #44 on: 09/28/2018 07:11 am »
Nucleus completes successful first launch

Sep 27, 2018

On Thursday 27 September Nammo successfully completed the first launch of Nucleus, a sounding rocket powered by its new hybrid rocket motor.

Nucleus launched at 14:16: local time from Andøya Space Center in Northern Norway, and reached an altitude of 107.4 km. That made it not only the first rocket powered by a Norwegian motor design to cross the Karman line, the commonly recognized border to space, but also the first European hybrid rocket motor to do so in more than 50 years.

“This is a tremendous achievement, and we are really proud of the entire space team. We have invested a lot of time and effort in this project, and it was such a great experience to finally watch it take off earlier today” said Morten Brandtzæg, president & CEO of the Nammo Group.

The launch was also welcomed by the Norwegian government.

"The Nucleus launch is a manifestation of the know-how and technological prowess of Norwegian industry. I congratulate Nammo and Andøya Space Center on bringing Norwegian space technology a huge step forward," said Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

The Hybrid Rocket Motor powering Nucleus has been developed by Nammo at Raufoss in Norway, and could potentially power a whole new generation of smaller European launch vehicles.

“Even though hybrid rockets have been around since the thirties, a number of technical challenges have remained. We are proud that we have been able to solve these, and get the concept to work for the first time”, said Adrien Boiron, lead engineer on the Nucleus project.

Nucleus is a sounding rocket, designed to lift scientific instruments into the upper layers of the atmosphere. The hybrid rocket motor propelling it, however, can be scaled up to lift a wide range of payloads, including small satellites into low earth orbit.

“For this specific flight, Nucleus carried 3 technical experiments aloft. The most important one being the ASC/UiO 4D-SPACE module loaded with its 6 daughter payloads. During flight, the daughters were released 2 at the time when the rocket passes 60 km altitude. They measured small-scale plasma structures and transmitted data back to the main 4D-Space module. In addition we also tested a newly ASC developed pyrotechnical system and an inertial unit (IMU) from Sensonor AS”, said Kolbjørn Blix, Director of Space Systems at Andøya Space Center.

Nammo is hoping that the new propulsion technology demonstrated with Nucleus will be able to power future launch vehicles for small satellites.

“Over the next few years there are plans to launch thousands of small satellites. The benefit of our new hybrid rocket motor is they can lift them into orbit with the accuracy of a liquid fueled engine, but without the associated complexity and costs, making it ideal for smaller European launch sites,” said Onno Verberne, Nammo’s VP of Business Development for space.

Today, only a select few nations – Russia, India, China, USA, France and Japan – have the capacity to build launch vehicles for satellites and send them into space from home bases. If the technology demonstrated in the Nucleus is successful, Norway has the potential to join them.

Facts about Nucleus.

The Nucleus rocket is 9 meters long and has a total weight of around 800 kg. The motor gives a thrust of 30 KN (3 tons). The planned future version of the engine would give 75-100 KN of thrust.

https://www.nammo.com/newsroom/#/pressreleases/nucleus-completes-successful-first-launch-2721547

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Re: Norway NSLV
« Reply #45 on: 09/28/2018 07:17 am »
ESA's article and some pics: Norway takes the lead in hybrid propulsion

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Re: Norway NSLV
« Reply #46 on: 09/28/2018 07:56 am »
Video of the launch.

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Re: Norway NSLV
« Reply #47 on: 09/28/2018 07:58 am »
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Today, Norway’s first hybrid rocket to reach space demonstrated new hybrid propulsion technology for a cleaner, safer, more flexible method of powering small launch vehicles. Congratulations @Nammo ! #FLPP  http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities
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Re: Norway NSLV - Nucleus - Coverage
« Reply #48 on: 09/29/2018 08:59 pm »
Thanks to all for covering the nucleus launch.
I'm very excited that Nammo has successfully launched the Nucleus from Andoya. First and foremost because there finally is a new build sounding-rocket from Europe to be used for scientific purposes. AFAIK the Nucleus has the same performance as imp. Orion (surplus Hawk) sounding-rocket. I expect that the Rexus program will move to Nucleus or imp. Malemute (surplus PAC-2) rockets, when the supply of Imp. Orion motors have been used.
So the UM-1 (Unitary Motor-1) being a ~1000 kN.sec (30kN 35sec) pressure feed HTP HTPB/C hybrid rocketmotor  is in itself already a very nice addition to Europe's (sub-orbital) launch capabilities.
AFAIK this was still a demonstration configuration. Nammo is going to reduse UM-1 and Nucleus system weight so they improve the payload capability. They are also developing the Aurora a sounding rocket stage that uses a cluster 4x UM-1. This Aurora stage could supplement the S30 solid rocket motors if I'm not mistaken. Aurora should have 4000kNs (4x 30kN 35sec).
The second development track is the development of the UM-2. A turbopump feed 60-100kN for ~60sec HTP HTPB/C Hybrid rocket motor. The Borealis sounding rocket stage uses six or seven of these UM-2 motors. AFAIK this could replace the Castor IV for the MAXUS sounding rocket.
So the UM-1 and UM-2 could be very important for micro-gravity research (via sounding-rockets) for Europe.

Nammo is participating in both SMILE and ALTAIR with their HTP hybrid and mono-propallent technologies.
With UM-2 motors a hybrid rocket motors micro launcher could be developed.

So I'm very happy with the successful Nucleus launch. Very nice work NAMMO. The best of luck further developing this hybrid rocket technology.
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Re: Norway NSLV - Nucleus - Coverage
« Reply #49 on: 09/29/2018 09:24 pm »
I think this also deserves to be shared.


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