InternationalLaunch

Skyrora Goes Mobile with a Second Stage Hot Fire Test

Skyrora has completed a 20-second hot fire test of its Skyrora XL second stage in Scotland.
Credit: Skyrora

Skyrora has test fired the second stage of its three-stage Skyrora XL rocket. The successful test comes on the heels of the UK-based launch startup opening its new 55,000-square-foot production facility in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

Skyrora XL 101:

  • 22.7m tall and 2.2m wide
  • Capable of launching 315kg payloads
  • Third stage can be swapped out for a space tug for added mission flexibility
  • Powered by Ecosene, which is made from recycled plastic waste

In preparation for its maiden flight in 2023, Skyrora conducted a second-stage hot fire test at the Machrihanish Airbase in Scotland. The company used a containerized test platform that enabled teams to construct a mobile test stand and complete the test within a few days.

“This hugely successful test was a definitive demonstration of our mobility and flexibility,” said Skyrora COO Lee Rosen. “Our Skyrora team went from clean tarmac to a full static fire test in just two and a half, bringing all the necessary equipment from our factory in Cumbernauld and test site near Gorebridge.”

During the test, the 70 kN Skyforce rocket engine was fired for 20 seconds and, according to Skyrora, performed “within design margins and achieved the expected thrust.”

What’s next? The first stage of the Skyrora XL rocket is currently under construction. A hot fire test of the stage is expected to take place in mid-2023, setting up a maiden flight later that year from the SaxaVord Spaceport in northern Scotland.

Related Stories
LaunchMilitary

Pentagon Frets About ULA’s Vulcan Delays

“Currently there is military satellite capability sitting on the ground due to Vulcan delays.”

InternationalPolicy

International Partnerships Complicate Space Registry, State Says

The US needs to communicate better with both the private sector and international partners about objects in orbit as space becomes more global, a State Department official said Thursday.

Launch

Rocket Lab Throws in the Towel on 2024 Neutron Launch

“The engine is the primary driver for the move,” CEO Peter Beck said.

International

Artemis Accords Signatories to Meet This Month in Canada

Artemis Accords signatories will meet in Montreal this month to discuss best practices and guidelines for responsible and sustainable space exploration.