Following the maiden flight of NOVA 2 we will be fitting the Starchaser 4 rocket booster with our Mk3 NOVA capsule before flying over 100,000 feet to the very edge of space. The new capsule will be capable of carrying two people; one seat will be reserved for our Starchaser qualified pilot, the other seat together with the role of rocketship navigator is up for grabs.
Do you have the right stuff?
In addition to the ride of your life aboard a real rocketship travelling at more than 1000 mph, you’ll get to see the curvature of the earth and experience the weightlessness conditions of spaceflight. The prize also includes all necessary medicals, pre-flight training, ground transport, and accommodations.
To enter the competition simply complete the application form here and tell us in 50 words or less, why you’d like to fly with us.
You have to be at least 21 years of age (or be 21 by the end of September 2012) to enter and you can only enter once. Full Terms and conditions here.
Look out, Sir Richard Branson! You’ve got competition in your own backyard.
A small group of British rocket scientists hope to beat you into commercial suborbital space tourism service with a small rocket that costs a fraction of what you’re pouring into Virgin Galactic. And they plan to do it from Spaceport America, the $200 million taxpayer funded facility that you convinced New Mexico to build for your SpaceShipTwo flights.
A successful launch of the Eco-Rocket is important to Starchaserâ€™s future manned space flight programme as it will test fly the major components of the Launch Escape System (LES) that could be used to save the lives of Starchaser astronauts aboard the Thunderstar space tourism vehicle.
Phase two testing on our Eco-Friendly hybrid rocket engine project has been completed. The â€œlargeâ€ engine has performed flawlessly over two campaigns of 12 tests where the full thrust of 1000 kgf has been exceeded. The nominal burn time for each test was 8 seconds. Fuels tested were:
High Density Polythene HDPE (white)
High Density Polythene HDPE (black)
Acrylic / Perspex
HTPB / Recycled Car Tyre mix (30%)
HTPB / Aluminium mix (10%)
HTPB (original fuel for comparison)
Ultra High Molecular Weight Polythene (UHMWPE)
Exhaust gasses from all the above have been captured and transferred to an independent laboratory for analysis.
Phase one testing on our eco-friendly hybrid rocket engine project has been completed. A full report is available in the memberâ€™s area. Phase two is now underway which includes the testing of eight different fuels in our â€œsmallâ€ hybrid engine.
Fuels currently under evaluation include HTPB rubber, white polythene, polythene + carbon, polypropylene, HTPB + tyre rubber, HTPB + aluminium, acrylic and ultra high molecular weight polythene. In each case a sample of exhaust gases are being trapped and analysed. The most environmentally friendly fuels will then be further tested in the one tonne thrust engine.
British-based Starchaser Industries says it is reconsidering whether to launch its rocket from New Mexico in favor of sites in Europe and Florida, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.
CEO Steve Bennett told the paper that after conducting a study on launch options, “it became clear that New Mexico may not be the optimum location from which to conduct Starchaser operations.” Bennett didn’t elaborate, but the company’s closed its facility near Las Cruces in November.
Spaceport America officials said that Starchaser’s decision would not affect plans for the facility, which is set to open in 2010.