UK tests ‘Space Tug’ capable of refiring its engine several times in orbit, and collecting space junk – TechCrunch

UK SpacTech Startup Skirora It is currently the only private company capable of launching rockets from UK soil. On Christmas Eve at their test facility in Fife, Scotland, the team performed a third-stage stationary fire engine test on a new vehicle that would eventually take the satellites to their final destination. But what is more interesting is that this vehicle can orbit several times and can conduct many missions in a single journey. This “space tug” enables many maneuvers in space, including the extraction of space junk or maintenance, if there are already satellites in space.

Skirora Seraphim went from the capital to one of the early space camp accelerator program.

The Space Tug is the first “Mission Ready” vehicle of its kind to be developed in the UK and once in orbit it can navigate to any location under its own power, with the ability to make multiple stops etc.

The Space Tug is powered by a 3D-printed 3.5kN engine and the first stage of launch is fueled using an eco-friendly fuel (EcoCine) made in part from waste plastic.

Volodymyr Levikin, CEO Scirrora commented: “We have been deliberately silent about this aspect of our Scirrora XL launch vehicle as we had major technical challenges to bring it to this stage and we wanted to ensure that all tests Have the satisfactory results that they now have. With the current climate and a real lack of good news, we feel that it is the right time to share it with the world… our objective is not only to make the most of the environment from UK soil It is to make efficient launches in a favorable manner, but also to ensure that every single launch mission has historically had the potential to operate at the same level of multiple launches. “

Sir Tim PK, Astronaut, Commented: “It is fantastic that companies like Skyrora remain in their ambition to make the UK a” launch state “. By advancing and continuously investing in their engineering capabilities, the UK benefits from these impressive milestones. In carrying out its third stage full ordeal, which completes the task of an orbital maneuver vehicle capable of delivering satellites in precise orbits, Scherora is one step closer to launching readiness. This vehicle is critical services. It will also be able to remove satellites, refuel and replace and remove debris from orbit. ”