Flometrics Demonstrates More Reliable Rocket Fuel Pump

Hot-fire test (Credit: Flometrics)

SAN DIEGO, CA, August 10th, 2018 (Flometrics PR) — Flometrics, a Carlsbad, CA company, demonstrated an innovative, low-cost, high reliability rocket fuel pump which will improve access to space, particularly for manned and reusable missions. Flometrics successfully hot-fire tested their pistonless pump technology with a LOX Methane rocket thruster. The full duration test worked exactly as expected, with smooth combustion. The hot-fire test was performed under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) SBIR Phase II project.

Liquid rockets need high performance pump technology to reach orbit. These rockets currently use turbopump technology like the V2 rocket. However, 1 in 300 rockets fail to reach orbit due to turbopump failures; most recently, the Antares rocket explosion in 2014. The pistonlesss pump is more reliable, simpler to manufacture and lasts longer than a turbopump while performing similar tasks. Flometrics’ patented design makes it cheaper easier and safer to build and launch rockets with 4x lower pump manufacturing cost and 20x longer operating life. This is the first time that this type of pump has been used to pump propellants for a rocket test.

Steve Harrrington, CEO & CTO of Flommetrics, said: “Rocket manufacturers today spend a lot of time and money making their turbopumps as reliable as possible. If they switch to our pump technology, they can save money and make space travel safer so that regular people, not just astronauts and billionaires, can go to space.”

Flometrics is an engineering services company that assists companies with product development, design, test and measurement. The engineering team at Flometrics specializes in fluid dynamic and thermodynamic solution and helps companies take engineering concepts to physical reality through modeling and analysis and working prototypes. Flometrics has also developed several products including the pistonless rocket fuel pump, Pressure Pulse Generator PPG-601A, and the Chilldyne Cool-Flo Liquid Cooling System and CF-CDU300.

  • Andrew_M_Swallow

    Plenty of things need gasses, liquids and ‘grains’ pumping. Depending on how the pump works spin-offs may have applications on Earth.

  • Is Steve Harrington back? (in rocket game) Does this mean rocket drinks again at future conferences?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Is my understanding correct but when I look at the staged tank design as scheduled to be used on BFR it sure looks a lot like Harrington’s drink dispenser at Space Access?

  • Search

    Big talk from what looks like a <100lb thrust engine. When you get your "pistonless pump" (gee you mean pumps don't all have pistons? gollie) to even 50klbs of thrust lets talk about how much cheaper your mysterious pump technology is compared to what everyone else does.

  • Aerospike

    Yeah, when you follow the space business for long enough (or any business actually) you loose count of all the wonderful new and revolutionary technologies that somehow fail to gain any significant share of the market…

  • Steve Harrington

    Turbopumps have had a consistent failure rate of 1 for every 300
    launches from the 60s until now.(See for example: Sea Launch 2007, GSLV
    2010, Antares 2014) Cars, Planes, and TVs are much more reliable now
    than they were 50 years ago, but turboumps are not. Our pump addresses
    this problem, and it is less expensive to develop, test and manufacture.