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Information on Skybolt
General  Information  
Name: Skybolt
Max Payload: 20kg
Estimated. Max Altitude: 134,412m (440,986ft, 83.52 miles)
Rocket Height: 11.6m (38 feet)
Diameter: 0.810m (2.66 feet)
Fin Span: 2.286m (7.5 feet)
Launch Mass: 2,500kg (5,512 lbs)
Recovery Method: Parachute
Propulsion: 1 x STORM bi-liquid lox/kerosene engine
Total Impulse: 3.23MNs (725,445lb secs)
Average thrust: 68.7 kN (15432lbs)
Maximum velocity: 5186Kph (3200mph)
Maximum Mach number: 4.8
Skybolt Overview
SKYBOLT has been designed with a payload capacity of 20kg and a payload volume of 400 litres and will provide about 4 minutes of microgravity. SKYBOLT has been developed as a totally reusable sounding rocket with the primary aim of reducing the cost for end users. Equally attractive is its low acceleration profile of less than 6 G's which means that relatively delicate or even biological payloads may be flown.

Starchaser is currently developing the booster component of SKYBOLT which includes airframe, fins, propellant tanks, engine, payload, recovery systems, launch pad and hold down clamps.

SKYBOLT is powered by a single 68.7 KN, liquid oxygen and kerosene regeneratively cooled engine (Storm). The propellants will be fed into the engine using helium at 31 Mpa.

A full scale flying model of the rocket will soon be used to flight test launch lug retraction and recovery orientation hardware at low altitude.

SKYBOLT is directly relevant to the development of Starchaser's commercial Human spaceflight programme in that SKYBOLT is effectively a scale model of the Starchaser 5 rocket system that will be used for launching manned spacecraft.

Access and Site Issues
The rocket and elevating frame are mounted on a flat-bed non-articulated road vehicle.

Note any lamp posts, bollards etc, which may limit manoeuvring space.
Don't forget to look overhead for branches or wires! It may sound obvious, but it's sometimes forgotten that trees and bushes grow, so consider what the issues are likely to be at the time of the actual visit.
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