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NAMMO Successfully Launches Hybrid Test Rocket From Andoya

by Staff Writers
Andoya, Norway (SPX) May 09, 2007
Thursday May 3rd at 12:50:56 hr the Norwegian based company Nammo Raufoss successfully launched a 10 meter long hybrid test rocket from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. The propulsion system of the hybrid rocket was based on solid fuel and liquid oxygen.

The Hybrid Test Rocket (HTR) was developed, manufactured and assembled by Nammo Raufoss in Norway. The rocket motor, tank and valve system and the mobile Ground Support Equipment (GSE) have been designed by Nammo in cooperation with LOCKHEED MARTIN (LM) Michoud Operations, New Orleans, USA.

Production, testing and launch were the sole responsibility of Nammo. Andoya Rocket Range (ARR) was responsible for developing and building the HTR telemetry payload and for providing launch services.

Before entering the launch campaign, the propulsion system was extensively tested on the ground at Nammo's test range at Raufoss, Norway. This launch was the first full scale launch of the HTR and the first rocket fired from ARR using liquid oxygen.

With the successful launch of HTR, Nammo Raufoss has demonstrated the ability to build rockets based on hybrid propulsion. In hybrid propulsion the fuel is stored separately in one solid component and one liquid component. Hybrid propulsion offers solutions which are both safe and environmentally friendly. The successful launch from last week has already attracted considerable attention also outside of Norway.

The HTR is to be considered a test vehicle. The aim was to learn hybrid technology know-how by not only designing, but also building and launching the rocket. An important part of the knowledge build up has been the team work between Nammo, Lockheed Martin and Andoya Rocket Range. The actual launch of the HTR marked the culmination of the project.

Nammo Raufoss is one of the leading suppliers in Europe for the development and production of rocket motors for tactical missiles and space applications. With the successful launch of a test rocket based on hybrid propulsion, Nammo has strengthened its position even further.

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