3-2-1 Ignition! ARIS launches it’s HELEVTIA Rocket at the Spaceport America Cup 2022

Last week team HELVETIA/ASTREA launched it’s rocket at the Spaceport America Cup 2022 in New Mexico. It got to an altitude fg 10’300 meters (33’800 feet) Congratulation and thanks that I can be part of that journey!

Helvetia Launch
Ignition! (Click into the picture to get the ARIS posting on LinkedIn)
Full launch feed on YouTube (Listen to the Sound!)

The rocket is screaming (due to combustion instabilities… we knew about that. But hey, it survived!).
This reminds to the Tie Fighter from the Start Wars movies 😁

Featuring new products: Cold Gas Thrusters

We added a new page in our products section: Cold Gas Thrusters. There is the extremely fast 200 mN thruster and the 20 N thruster which is currently under development.
To demonstrate the extreme fast actuation time we let the thruster play Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube” (Blaue Donau) based on the opening music of Space odyssey 2001. Depending on the played tone it opens up to 2000 times a second fed by 20 bar Nitrogen. The solenoid is driven by a in-house developed microcontroller board.
Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wip7s4FlyOo

ETH Focus project IRIDE ends with a great success. VIDEO!

The ARIS IRIDE team finished it’s test campaign with a great success. Watch the amazing video they created! I am proud to be part of that story. Together with the predecessor team RHEA they finished the construction of the test infrastructure, they also designed, build and tested a 5 kN rocket hybrid engine. The new team DAEDALUS will now design flight worthy hardware for ARIS’ PICCARD rocket aimed for the Spaceport America Cup 2021.

Small injector 3D printed with BASF’s 316L filament

Small 3D-printed rocket engine injector finished. Nothing special so far, except it’s not SLM printed… it’s printed in a FDM process using BASF’s new 316L filament with debinding and sintering afterwards. Details are not as good as in SLM but it’s way cheaper! The injector works with N2O/Ethane and is designated for a 600N satellite thruster currently under development @IBB.ch
Info’s about this promising new process can be found at BASF.

First firing of ARIS’ RHEA engine

RHEA, lays the foundation for future hybrid rocket engine developments at ARIS. The built test infrastructure is expandable to thrusts up to 20 kN. RHEA’s first-generation engine focuses on high safety factors and a high degree of modularity to test a variety of different key parameters. A perfect baseline to scale up the engine and make it flight-ready in the future. RHEA’s successor IRIDE is currently under development and will deliver 5kN of thrust.

A still from the video above. One can see shock diamonds, and diamonds are forever 😉