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Grant For Eco-Friendly Rocket Engine

Steve Bennett.
by Staff Writers
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 18, 2008
A space travel company run by a University of Salford lecturer has been awarded an pounds130,730 grant to develop a unique eco-friendly rocket engine for use as a safety system aboard commercial space rockets.

The Grant for Research and Development (GRAND) from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) will help lecturer Steve Bennett's Starchaser Industries to develop an environmentally friendly hybrid rocket engine that will utilize 'green' propellants, producing virtually no harmful emissions.

This technology can be used aboard space launch vehicles as recovery systems to ensure the safe retrieval of astronauts.

The project is based on the known hydrogen peroxide concept, but has new elements combining this work with solid fuel made from waste materials. The safety aspect is the key difference from current technologies, potentially leading to a successful commercial future.

As well as managing a number of research and development projects, Starchaser in collaboration with the University of Salford, also has an established and highly successful Outreach Programme, working with the public and education. The Outreach team visit around 200 schools and engage with over 150,000 school children every year.

Steve said: "The development of an eco-friendly rocket motor system that can be employed to safeguard the lives of astronauts will showcase the very best of British endeavour and innovation. This project will provide new opportunities and will demonstrate key technologies that will help open the frontier of space for all."

Mark Hughes, Executive Director for Enterprise and Skills at the NWDA said: "Innovation is crucial to the region's global competitiveness and is at the heart of the UK's drive to 'build and sustain a knowledge economy.'

The application of leading-edge technologies, like those demonstrated by Starchaser, helps companies develop new markets, increase exports and generate additional jobs for the region.

"In the past 8 years the NWDA has assisted nearly 600 companies to develop their ideas into projects with a solid commercial potential with the help of the GRAND scheme. Of these some 285 Northwest companies have gone on to have their research projects approved, leading to commercially exploitable intellectual property."

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College Students Develop Rocket Motors In Tamil Nadu
Salem, India (PTI) Sep 15, 2008
Students of an engineering college here have developed for the first time in the country, two special brushless motors, which will form an important part in the soon to be launched GSLV rocket. These motors were previously being imported by Indian Space Research Organisation.







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