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First test flight of PERUN rocket demonstrator

On 25th Janurary, at the military training area in Drawsko Pomorskie, the Gdynia-based company SpaceForest, conducted the first test flight of PERUN rocket demonstrator.

The Polish company SpaceForest conducted a first test flight of PERUN rocket demonstrator / Picture: SpaceForest

PERUN is a single stage guided suborbital launch vehicle powered by a hybrid rocket engine and designed to provide high performance at a very low cost of operation. For the purposes of this test, the 11.5m long launch vehicle with a 0.45m diameter was powered by an SF200 hybrid engine with a total impulse of 200kNs.

The main goals of the test in Drawsko Pomorskie:

- Checking the new mobile rocket launcher

- Performing the start procedure including rocket launch.

- Maintaining communication with the rocket and obtaining data from the rocket in real time using RASEL– fully autonomous tracking and data transmission system for flying vehicles

- Rocket aerodynamics test during supersonic flight – second milestone of the Suborbital Inexpensive Rocket project

- Testing of the head-body separation system during the flight.

- Deploying parachutes at a certain height and landing the rocket

- Recovery the rocket and transporting it to the company’s headquarters.

According to the manufacturer, PERUN launched at 16:48, reached 1Ma velocity and the altitude 9.750m. All goals have been achieved.

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