Success Rockets conducted the first flight tests of the UR-1 meteorological rocket prototype. The launch took place at an altitude of 2000 m at the company’s own training ground in the Kirov region. The press service reported that the launch was successful, all systems worked properly.
The prototype of the rocket is intended for testing onboard systems; it is planned that they will be used on a suborbital meteorological rocket. The development of the rocket took a total of six months.
The entire flight lasted 90 seconds. During this period, the team managed to work out the actions of the launch calculation during the launch of the rocket, to check the effectiveness of the layout solution of the electronics unit at nominal accelerations, vibrations, and in real conditions.
“Our company is actively developing its own launch vehicles for suborbital and orbital flights, including engines, telemetry, and rescue systems,” explains Oleg Mansurov, head of Success Rockets. check on-board systems. Since all the systems have worked properly, the next step is to test the rocket with our maximum power engine.”
The test program also included checking the stability of communication during various stages of flight (with the engine running, during flight along a ballistic trajectory, etc.) and gaining experience in using search equipment in real conditions, taking into account the characteristics of the earth’s surface (hills, forest ), weather conditions (humidity, temperature).
“The conquest of the peaks always starts from low heights. For a very young private space company, even a prototype of a meteorological rocket is quite a landmark achievement: we have seen many space startups, all flights of which have remained on paper, – notes Anton Nemkin, one of the investors in Success Rockets – The results of the past tests allow us to look to the future with a certain optimism. Success Rockets. Sergei Pavlovich Korolev at one time started with much smaller models, now they would look like toys – and reached such heights that we are proud of for more than half a century.”
Further tests of the first stage of the suborbital rocket are scheduled for this summer.