Hybrid Engine Development is proud to announce its second participation in the STERN* (STudentische Experimental RaketeN) program of the German Aerospace Center DLR! During the first participation, HyEnD was able to set a new World Record for student-built Hybrid Rockets and we are looking forward to new possibilities in the next three years.
HyEnD will design, build and launch a new Hybrid Rocket in the 10kN thrust range during the program. We are currently in the preliminary design phase and so there is still the chance that some of the key parameters will change, but we will share with you more information once we are ready to do so.
It is also planned to build a smaller demonstrator rocket to test some of the technologies necessary. This demonstrator will be based on our previous project EXPLORE, although the oxidizer will be changed from liquid oxygen to nitrous oxide. In addition, tests during the last few months have shown the potential benefits of a completely new kind of polymeric fuel which will be further investigated and likely be used in both rockets.
We would like to thank the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and the Institute of Space Propulsion of the University of Stuttgart for their support.
*The STERN Program is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI)