Skyrora Says Suborbital Rocket Ready for Launch after Static Fire Test
Skyrora recently completed a full static fire test of a mobile launch complex with a Skylark L rocket — a milestone that the U.K. smallsat launch company said shows the vehicle is ready for launch. Skyrora said its team also built the mobile launch complex for the test in five days, and the combined achievement signifies the first vertical static fire test of this magnitude in the U.K. since the Black Arrow Program, 50 years ago. The ground test was conducted at the mobile launch complex at Kildemorie Estate in North Scotland earlier this month.
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The test saw Skyrora’s Skylark-L perform all actions of a launch while not actually taking off. Skylark-L is a launch vehicle for small satellites.The move paves the way for the rocket to launch from a British spaceport within months, with the company’s low earth orbital rocket, Skyrora XL planned to follow in 2023. Skyrora built a mobile launch complex in five days at Kildemorie Estate near Alness for the test.
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Leading the operations of Skylark L’s static fire testing, Dr Jack-James Marlow said: “It is very hard to oversell what we have achieved here with this test; the whole team has pulled through again to deliver another UK first. We have successfully static tested a fully integrated, sub-orbital Skylark L launch vehicle in flight configuration. This means we performed all actions of a launch but did not release the vehicle. The rocket engine successfully burned, with all vehicle systems showing nominal operation.
Skyrora conducts the first space rocket test in Britain for 50 years
A UK-based company has carried out the first static engine test of a space rocket in Britain in over half a century. Built and operated by Skyrora, the Skylark L rocket earlier this month carried out a full-scale launch test while restrained at a mobile launch complex built in only five days at the Kildemorie Estate in North Scotland.
The UK's first complete ground rocket test in 50 years takes place in Scotland
UK's Space race heats up as Skyrora effectively made the UK ready for launching rockets into space after a team successfully built a mobile launch complex and completed a full static fire test with the Skylark-L rocket on it - in only five days.
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Dr Marlow said: “This is the first time a launch vehicle of this magnitude has been tested in the UK for many years and I am very proud of my team for achieving this. The vehicle is now ready for flight and we are one step closer to putting the UK back into space.”
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We see this as being the first significant step towards reaching space from our own soil and are very proud to have taken that step as part of the UK's space ambitions,” said Skyrora CEO Volodymyr Levykin. “We are now in a full state of readiness for launch. It is this milestone that is the start of the UK’s new space revolution, a fantastic example of the potential of what the UK space holds for the future.
Rocket test first of its kind in UK in 50 years
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Skyrora's combined achievement - building a a mobile launch complex and completing a full static fire test with the Skylark-L rocket on it at the mobile launch complex at Kildemorie Estate in North Scotland - also marked the first vertical static fire test of such magnitude in the UK since the Black Arrow Programme, half a century ago. The breakthrough brings the prospect of a British space age tantalisingly close, said Skyrora's Dr Jack-James Marlow, who oversaw the operation.
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The Skylark L is a suborbital launch vehicle that stands just over 10 meters in length. The single-stage HTP/Kerosene-powered rocket is capable of reaching an altitude of 102 kilometers carrying a payload of up to 60 kilograms. With a successful static fire test complete, Skyrora has confirmed the Skylark L is ready for its maiden flight which is currently scheduled for 2021
Rocket test first of its kind in UK in 50 years
The rocket performed all the actions of a launch while restrained to the ground to prevent it from taking off.Skyrora is designing and building rockets to carry small satellites into space. A team built a mobile launch complex for the test last Friday.The company said its business had not been asked to close during the lockdown and its work had followed government guidelines.
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It is hoped the successful test - the first performed anywhere in the UK since the Black Arrow programme in the late sixties and early seventies - could pave the way for a full launch from a British spaceport in 2021. The ground test involved taking the rocket through all the actions of a genuine launch while it remained tethered to the ground. Skyrora chief executive Volodymyr Levykin praised the “mammoth effort” of the team, branding the test a "significant step" towards a launch next year.