All Fired Up about Rocket Ignitor Testing
Over the last few months one of the prime tasks has been to create a torch ignitor for our rocket engine to fire her up. This ignitor is a mini rocket engine on its own and pushes a flame across the injector plate to fire our 62,000 lb/f rocket engine.
The ignitor has to operate at very high tempratures and at 600 psi to stop the engines propellants pushing back into the ignitor and extinguishing it.
Our friends and partners at Kentin Engineering machined our torch ignitor and we were kindly invited to use the test facilities at Trident Australia in Canning Vale, who also supplied testing equipment.
Our ignitor test went well and we had great press coverage from Channel 7, 9 and 10, with the The West Australian newspaper running a piece the next day.
We were very pleased to have long time friend and supporter John “Ackers” Ackroyd over from the UK to witness the test.
To see the full Channel 7 news story online, please click here.