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SPACE4SCHOOLS SUPPORT SPUTNIK 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY



Oct - 2007

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the
world's first artificial satellite, Vectis Astronomical Society held
several rocket events on the Isle of Wight.

On Thursday 4th October, members of the society launched
rockets in front of the pupils at Newchurch Primary School.

The children joined in with a very loud countdown, and the rockets
flew to about 25 metres high.

The four and five year olds in the reception class then launched
their own air-powered 'stomp' rockets across the field, which they
tried to land on a moon target - although many were more likely to
leave the solar system.

At the Isle of Wight Observatory in Newchurch, more rockets were
launched (reaching a height of about 75 m) and a half scale model
of Sputnik was on display, along with posters and information
about the start of the space age.

Weather pictures were received live from satellites and, after it had
become dark, satellites could be seen passing overhead.

Telescopes were also used to look at the stars and planets.

School groups and a scout troop also joined in the celebrations
and the event was open to the public on the evenings of Friday 5th
and Saturday 6th.

About150 people enjoyed the event.

SPACE4SCHOOLS were pleased to provide some of the materials
for this event.


Pictures provided and used by kind permisssion of Vectis
Astronomical Society and the parents.


STARCHASER FEATURED ON THE COVER OF ENGINEERING MAGAZINE



Oct - 2007

Starchaser was featured as the cover article in the September
2007 edition of Engineering magazine – the magazine for
innovators in technology, manufacturing and managament.

The article discusses space as a potential new tourist destination.

Click here to download the magazine cover and article.


FITTING OUT OF NEW UK PREMISES



Oct - 2007

The internal fitting out of Starchaser's new UK premises is well in
hand to enable full completion of the move by the end of 2007. A
picture gallery of some of the work is now available here.


STARCHASER ON GRANADA TV



Oct - 2007

Starchaser is being featured on Series 2 of Granada TV's 'My North
West'. The programme will be broadcast at 19:30 on Thursday
October 18 2007.


STARCHASER'S NEW UK PREMISES



Sep - 2007

At the very end of August, Starchaser received the keys for its new
UK premises.

The building is now being fitted internally to Starchaser's specific
requirements.

The actual move has been planned for late October / early
November.

Click here for a larger image.


HYBRID TEST ENGINE PICTURE GALLERY



03/11/2010

At Starchaser we partner with many colleges and universities in
our R&D Outreach Programme. The following is a list of
undergraduate project ideas that are open to all. Students wishing
to become involved in any of these projects should contact us at



HYBRID TEST ENGINE UPDATE



Sep - 2007

Following tests in August 2007 of our new Hybrid Test Engine,
there have been a number of engineering changes.

More details, and a picture gallery, are in the Team Starchaser
Club area of our website.


NEW HYBRID TEST ENGINE



Aug - 2007

On 14 August several tests were conducted of our new Hybrid Test
Engine which is being developed to prove the principles of
operation that will be employed on the Thunderstar Starchaser 5
Launch Escape System.

More details, and a picture gallery, are in the Team Starchaser
Club area of our website.


STARCHASER BUILDINGS



Aug - 2007

Starchaser UK

Starchaser UK is pleased to announce its move to brand new
accommodation less than one mile from their current premises in
Hyde, Cheshire. 'We are very excited about the purchase of the
new place' commented CEO Steve Bennett 'It's always better to
buy than to rent and, being a new development, we are able to fit
out the building to our exact requirements.' The new headquarters
will accommodate Starchaser UK's research and development arm
as well as providing a home for the company's growing Educational
Outreach business. The move is expected to complete by the end
of September 2007.

Starchaser US

The company's New Mexico development at Starchaser Rocket
City is progressing well. The exterior of the 'Rocket Shop' has
almost been completed and contractors have been identified to
finish the electrical and mechanical work. The remodelled building
is to house an office complex, retail outlet and exhibition area. A
twenty thousand gallon water storage facility will be installed close
by, which will allow the construction of Starchaser's 10,000 square
foot rocket manufacturing and assembly building.


NEW HYBRID THRUSTER



Aug - 2007

Work on the next hybrid test engine is now complete and test
firings will be conducted shortly.

This engine has been scaled up to nearly three times the thrust of
the initial hybrid test thruster, to produce around 64 Kg (628
Newtons) of thrust.

Running on HTP (High Test Peroxide) as the oxidiser (which is now
being produced in our mobile production lab), and HTPB (Hydroxyl-
Terminated Polybutadiene) as the solid fuel, this engine will test
the system that will be used to complete the Launch Escape
System rocket for Starchaser 5 / Thunderstar.

The main objective for this series of firings is to test a new silver
plated catalyst used to decompose the peroxide into super heated
steam and oxygen. If successful, the temperatures reached in this
decomposition will be sufficient to ignite the solid rubber fuel
without the need for an ignition system.

All the parameters of this engine (mass flows, pressures, catalyst
loadings etc) have been scaled to be identical to those which will
be used on the larger 1000 Kg engine.

If these tests work then the team will have greater confidence that
the system will work when scaled up to the full size engine.

These tests will be conducted over the next 2-3 weeks and should
be complete before our move to the new premises.

Click here to see a larger image.


NEW SELECTION OF VIDEOS



Aug - 2007

A selection of twelve videos, not previously made available, have
been published in the Movies Gallery.

These cover various Starchaser activities in recent years.


HTP FIRST DISTILLATION



Aug - 2007

For several months work has concentrated on completing a
Hydrogen Peroxide processing facility.

On 27 July 2007 Starchaser propulsion engineers started the first
distillation process following completion of the lab equipment.

A small picture gallery is in the Engines Gallery.


STARCHASER PROCESSING LAB SEEKS TEMPORARY HOME



Jul - 2007

Starchaser has been developing an environmentally friendly
propellant processing lab within a 20 foot long converted shipping
container.

The purpose of this is to develop clean, environmentally friendly
fuels which can be used on rocket engine test and launch sites.

With most of the current effort at the UK site being dominated by
Starchaser's move to new premises, the company is looking for
help in finding a new storage space for this lab, preferably in the
local Manchester area.

The shipping container would be temporarily stored at the new
location until its new permanent home can be established.

The new site could be anything from some spare land to an
abandoned railway or quarry (which may allow some small scale
tests to be conducted on site).


STARCHASER IN EN MAGAZINE – THE MAGAZINE FOR ENTREPRENEURS



Jul - 2007

Starchaser was recently featured in EN magazine – the magazine
for entrepreneurs.

This article centres upon a candid and in depth discussion with
Starchaser CEO Steve Bennett.

Writer Stuart Anderson finds out about Starchaser's humble
beginnings, about the company's latest developments and goes on
to discover Starchaser's plans for the future.

Click here to find out more.


NOVA / STARCHASER 4 - UPDATE



Jul - 2007

A further gallery of pictures of our single seat Nova 2 capsule that
was flown in piloted parachute drop tests back in 2003 being
refurbished for flight and mated to the big Starchaser 4 rocket
airframe, is now in the Team Starchaser Club area of our website.


THUNDERSTAR / STARCHASER 5 COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS REPORT



Jun - 2007

Computational Fluid Dynamics report on the Thunderstar /
Starchaser 5 rocket is now available in the member's area.

This report covers drag coefficients, atmospheric heating and flight
simulation data and also looks at the affect of the capsule and
LES.


STARCHASER NOVA ROCKET LANDS AT MUSEUM



Jul - 2007

Starchaser Industries and the New Mexico Museum of Space
History have collaborated to bring Starchaser's Nova Rocket, the
largest rocket ever flown from British soil, to the museum for
display.


SKYBOLT COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS REPORT



Jun - 2007

Computational Fluid Dynamics and flight simulations report on the
Starchaser Skybolt rocket is now available in the member's area.
This report covers nose cone and fin optimisation, atmospheric
heating and flight simulation data.


STARCHASER MICROGRAVITY TRAINING



Jun - 2007

Starchaser are offering an opportunity for microgravity training
flights from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. As most know,
these flights follow a series of parabolic arcs to recreate a feeling of
"weightlessness" inside the cabin.

Using this technique you can experience up to seven or eight
minutes of microgravity, similar to that which professional
astronauts experience during orbital spaceflight.

The plane will also be flown to recreate one-third G, similar to
Martian gravity and will fly a few arcs at one-sixth G so that you
can experience how it feels to walk on the surface of the Moon.

This microgravity activity is an important training aspect in
preparation for Starchaser sub-orbital spaceflights.

It’s the way NASA astronauts train and it will prepare for the
experience encountered aboard the Thunderstar spaceship a few
seconds after Launch Escape System separation, when the
capsule enters the coast phase of its flight. This microgravity
experience package includes all safety training, your flight suit
(yours to keep) and your certificate of achievement which will be
presented to you at a champagne toast following landing.

Your flight will also be filmed using the onboard cameras and will
be edited to a DVD that will be mailed on to you.

Since we’ll be flying from the Kennedy Space Centre, we thought
we’d also throw in free admission to the world famous Visitors
Complex where you will have up to two days to explore the
facilities and see first hand, an incredible array of space related
exhibits and artefacts, touch a real moon rock, see the mighty
Saturn V and enjoy the fantastic IMAX space movie theatre.

These tickets also permit entry to the Astronaut Hall of Fame
which boasts a number of spaceflight simulators and other
interesting items. We have 10 places available on our first
microgravity training experience package, data and cost TBA. The
price includes everything specified above but does not include
hotels or your travel to the Kennedy Space Centre (though we can
advise on where to stay etc.).

If you would like to join us on this exciting adventure, simply
download the application form from the link below, then complete
and return it to us with your payment.



NOVA / STARCHASER 4



Jun - 2007

Our single seat Nova 2 capsule that was flown in piloted parachute
drop tests back in 2003 is being refurbished for flight and mated to
the big Starchaser 4 rocket airframe that we built last year.

More details, and a picture gallery, are in the Team Starchaser
Club area of our website.


ESA PROJECT UPDATE



Apr - 2007

A short video of the Nova rocket and unit in New Mexico driving
along Highway I-10 past Starchaser. More roadshow videos are in
the Members area.


NOVA ROCKET ROADSHOW VIDEO



Apr - 2007

A short video of the Nova rocket and unit in New Mexico driving
along Highway I-10 past Starchaser.


HIGHWAY BILLBOARD FOR ROCKET CITY



Apr - 2007

A new 40 ft. billboard advertising the Starchaser Rocket and Space
Exhibition Center has been erected by the side of Highway I-10 in
New Mexico.



STARCHASER IPO UPDATE LETTER



Apr - 2007

Letters have now been sent to all those who registered as potential
Starchaser investors. The letter provides an update on our share
offer, describing the proposed strategy through to making an Initial
Public Offering (IPO).


STARCHASER IN KVIA EL PASO



Mar - 2007

KVIA TV (ABC news Channel 7) El Paso USA 27 March 2007 —
Rockets are arriving in Las Cruces long before the proposed
Spaceport will be finished.

Starchaser Industries is set to begin touring Starchaser 4, a 38-
foot rocket that has already taken one person into space… A small
correction.

Nova / Starchaser 4, though capable of carrying one person, was
unmanned when it was launched.


STARCHASER ROCKET ROAD SHOW USA



Mar - 2007

The 37-foot tall Nova/Starchaser 4 rocket is in the USA. From Las
Cruces it will tour locally for several days before moving north to
Colorado Springs, CO.

It will appear both at the FAA/U.S. Air Force Entrepreneurial
Summit and at the National Space Symposium.

It will then be on display at Starchaser Rocket City, a commercial
space tourism center now under development near Las Cruces,
New Mexico.


SPACE TOURISM SURVEY



Mar - 2007

Our space tourism survey closed on 28th February.

Nearly 500 people filled in the survey which provided a very valuable
insight into customer expectations for personal spaceflight
experiences.

The data from the first 400 respondents is available in the
member’s area of our website.

Thank you to all who contributed and congratulations to Sarah
Williams from the UK who was the lucky winner of our 80GB video
Ipod.


ROCKET CITY CONSTRUCTION



Mar - 2007

Work is progressing rapidly on the remodel of an existing building
on Starchaser's Rocket City development site in New Mexico.

The first phase of the project involves the remodelling and
expansion of an existing building dubbed the 'Rocket Shop' that will
be used for office accommodation and retail sales.

A large covered exhibition area is also to be built.

The gallery images show progress to date.

A series of short movies are in the members area. Update 20 – 26
March:


CONTRACTOR FOR FIRST PHASE OF STARCHASER ROCKET CITY SELECTED



Feb - 2007

D'Rubi Construction Inc., owned and operated by Elisa Contreras
of Las Cruces, has been selected as the general contractor for the
first phase of the Starchaser Rocket City development.

The first project at the site will be the remodeling of an existing
building to house corporate offices and retail area, as well as...



STARCHASER INDUSTRIES SPONSORS SPACE TOURISM SURVEY



Jan - 2007

Take part in Starchaser's Space Tourism Survey for a chance to
win an 80 Gb video IPOD Las Cruces, New Mexico:
Starchaser Industries, Ltd., the United Kingdom affiliate of New
Mexico based Starchaser Industries Inc., is sponsoring an online
space tourism survey featuring a variety of questions regarding the
industry...


STARCHASER INDUSTRIES SEEKS CONTRACTORS TO BID ON PROJECT



Jan - 2007

Starchaser Industries Inc., a private space tourism company that
established offices in New Mexico two years ago, is seeking bids
from general contractors in the region to complete the first building
project at Starchaser's Rocket City.
Studio D Architects in Las Cruces recently completed plans for the
renovation of...


LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM - HYBRID THRUSTER TEST



Jan - 2007

On 20 January 2007 the HTP (High Test Peroxide) thruster was
successfully tested using the principles that will be employed on
the LES system.

The test produced the expected thrust. A video of the test is in the
Team Starchaser Club area of our website.


STARCHASER INDUSTRIES WIN EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY CONTRACT



Jan - 2007

Starchaser industries has been awarded a study contract from the
European Space Agency for the detailed assessment of their
THUNDERSTAR / STARCHASER 5A space tourism reusable
launch vehicle to verify its technical feasibility and ability to meet
future space tourists expectations.

The study will also refine the Starchaser Business Plan to
demonstrate that space tourism can be sustained in a wholly
commercial environment.



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