Gilmour Space Technologies has unveiled a new 3D printed liquid rocket engine that will power the third stage of the firm’s Eris rocket to orbit.
The company today shared a video of a successful, 190-second, Mission Duty Cycle (or mission duration) test fire of its new, regeneratively-cooled, liquid rocket engine. (Watch the test fire via this direct link…)
Eris is a three-stage rocket being developed by Gilmour Space for launching smallsats into LEO. Its maiden launch is targeted to be at the end of this year from the Bowen Orbital Spaceport in north Queensland, pending regulatory and other approvals.
“The first and second stages of Eris will be powered by Sirius, our large hybrid rocket engine which is undergoing qualification tests,” said Gilmour Space CEO, Adam Gilmour. “The third stage of Eris will be powered by this new 3D printed liquid rocket engine, called Phoenix, which we developed to give us the extra performance needed to deliver substantially more payload to orbit. With this key test, we’re proud to say that Gilmour Space has demonstrated sovereign capability in not one but two rocket systems.”