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Wednesday, April 09, 2003
STARCHASER SUCCESSFULLY TESTS ROCKET ENGINE
Starchaser Industries successfully test fired their Churchill Mark 2 bi-propellant liquid rocket engine.
The liquid oxygen/kerosene powered system generated 2,200 kilograms (app. 4,800 pounds) of thrust for 15 seconds.
Liquid propulsion project leader Anthony Haynes said, "The test was 100% successful, the engine performed exactly as predicted"
Starchaser's Churchill Mark 2 engine, once validated, will be used on Starchaser's X PRIZE vehicle, the Thunderbird. Starchaser's Churchill Mark 2 test represents the largest engine of its kind to be fired in the UK in over 20 years.
Starchaser plans to continue testing the Churchill Mark 2, for longer periods of time, building up to a full three tons of thrust.
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