These are ThunderStruck’s solid fuel rockets series for everything from low altitude to space sounding rockets. We are space ready and can reach space today for our customers. We are working towards an air launch for both orbital and sounding rockets. We can launch from an Australian launch site to space or from the US for launches to 50Km at low cost of to space.
We are testing materials, avionics and telemetry and ignition during free-fall. We are using a variety of small rockets for the task and some of these are seen below. We expect catastrophic failure to decide what works and what doesn’t. They have shortened catastrophic to “CATO” Expect some CATOs during our test program. Failure teaches us and when you push to the limits, you get get failures, but you also learn how far to push the envelope.
We build all our own motors and rockets. We use launch rails for the big rockets. We are testing new rockets and configurations all the time and you can watch our posts regarding the rocket program. We can launch in the USA or Australia. We can also get to space with a one stage or two stage rocket. We can carry a greater payload with additional stages.
This is a schedule for our flights and development through to 2021 in a snapshot:
“ThunderStruck Space is developing a series of ‘Lightning Rockets,’ the largest of which will be capable of reaching Low Earth Orbit (LEO) carrying payloads of up to 250kgs. This capacity is the next high growth area in satellite deployment. Land-based launch sites are constrained by inclement weather, narrow orbit profiles and high operating costs. From a Defence perspective they are a early target in any conflict. ThunderStruck Space’s innovative air-drop system bypasses these limitations, whilst making considerable savings on fuel, as rockets are launched from 10 km above the Earth’s surface anywhere over the ocean mitigating most risks. This innovative business model is capable of multiple same day launches and even launches at the equator.”
If the rockets below look small, remember wer are testing systems, not rockets. We already have a rocket capable of reaching space. Below are some of our avionics test rockets. The white upright is a 5″ first stage (or booster) and the black rocket is the 3″ second stage minus the fairing. That is the 3″ engine being held. 6″ on the ground.
Our test program is moving at a huge rate. The LIGHTNING program does not include ballistic flights for the Mars MEDIAN Mission. These are additional flights but we are not testing those to destruction.
Our LIGHTNING flights are to test the avionics, materials, fuel, ignition in free fall and much more. We expect failure. We learn from pushing the envelope. We examine the results and improve our systems.
- 7 Dec 2019. Avionics and motor test to 3,500 feet. SUCCESS
- 4 Jan 2020. Avionics and motor test to 3,500 feet. CATO!
- 18 Jan 2020 – May 2020 – proposed flights:
- Multi staging
- ignition in free-fall,
- Fuel type and mix
- Video systems,
- Yo-yo de-spin
7 Dec 2019 Results
Avionics, rocket and engine recovered.
4 Jan 2020 Results
CATO at 400 feet.
“If you are not having failures, you are not trying”. After extensive examination, it is most likely a piece of fuel broke away and jammed the nozzle resulting in an almost instantaneous over pressure, bursting the top bulkhead and pushing fuel into the sky. We have made the necessary adjustments for the future and want to let you know that we dont hide our learning opportunities.
We still have a viable Lightning rocket capable of reaching space. it is not subject to our testing program! We will not be posting the outcomes of the flights on this page. They will be regular posts.