Spaceport Cornwall and SES agree R&D deal

Posted on 07 Feb 2020 and read 692 times
Spaceport Cornwall and SES agree R&D dealSpaceport Cornwall, the UK’s horizontal launch site for satellites, is exploring opportunities for collaboration with Canada-based Space Engine Systems (SES).

The latter is pioneering next-generation propulsion technologies for aerospace and space; its ultimate goal is the design of a re-usable single-stage-to-orbit rocket that can reach hypersonic speeds.

The company is currently developing a light, re-usable and multi-fuel engine called the DASS GNX. Its focus has always been the lowest-cost access to space (at around $2,240 per kg), and it hopes to have its engine ready for a lunar mission in 2023.

Its collaboration with Spaceport Cornwall will include sharing resources and operational knowledge for mutual commercial benefit.

Areas of joint working could include propulsion testing, educational out-reach, funding bids, sector cluster growth, operations, new operational regulation, mission and range management, tourism economy, industrial participation and trade and investment.

SES president and CTO Pradeep Dass said (www.spaceenginesystems.com): “SES is very excited to set up this R&D partnership, potentially opening up major opportunities in the UK and Europe through Spaceport Cornwall.

“The UK’s renowned universities and engineering talent pool will be of great benefit. SES is presently exploring similar opportunities in the USA too.”

Spaceport Cornwall (www.spaceportcornwall.com) was recently awarded £20 million of funding from Cornwall Council and the UK Space Agency, with further investment from Virgin Orbit, Goonhilly Earth Station and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly local enterprise partnership.

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