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AE Podcast Ep. #13 –Skyrora's Lead Engineer Robin Hague on Scotland's New Satellite Launch Capability

  • 1.  AE Podcast Ep. #13 –Skyrora's Lead Engineer Robin Hague on Scotland's New Satellite Launch Capability

    Posted 07-02-2018 14:46

    Robin Hague is the Lead Engineer at the rocket startup Skyrora based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The goal of Skyrora is to provide a dedicated launch vehicle for small satellites. It has never been cheaper to build small satellites that provide imaging and communication services, and this sector of the space economy is expected to grow rapidly over the coming years. The UK is a world leader in the small satellite business-with Glasgow in Scotland building more satellites than any other city in Europe-but there is currently a shortfall of dedicated launchers for these satellite companies. Skyrora hopes to serve this market by launching rockets from Norther Scotland, which has great access to polar and sun-synchronous orbits. In this episode of the Aerospace Engineering podcast Robin and Rainer talk about:

    • the history of British rocketry (the Black Arrow)
    • the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide as a propellant
    • the role of 3D printing in modern rocket engines
    • and the future of Skyrora.

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