Hypersonix, PFI to build green space launch system

Both partners understand that scramjet technology has great potential for Australia, along with traditional rocket technology.

Hypersonix Launch Systems (an Australian aerospace design and development start-up company) and PFI Aerospace (an Australian Engineering design and manufacturing specialist) will work on green hydrogen-powered scramjet assisted launch vehicle.

Both partners have signed a framework agreement to work together through the ‘build phase’ of the prototype Spartan scramjet, developed and successfully tested in the shock tunnel by Hypersonix.

PFI Aerospace will provide a suitable site for bench testing and operation and access to other essential testing facilities. It will also support fabricating and testing bespoke parts for the fifth-generation Spartan scramjet engine and the green hydrogen fuel system.

PFI’s Haili (Hybrid All Inclusive Learning Instrument) Rocket Stem program, being delivered to high school and Tafe students in Queensland, is sponsored by local industry who are keen to bridge the skills shortage in Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields.

Nick Green, CEO of PFI Aerospace, said, “We have in-house expertise and equipment at our Darra head office to support vibrant, innovative enterprises as they move from proof of concept to achieving significant scale.”

David Waterhouse, MD of Hypersonix, said, “PFi’s expertise will boost our knowledge and capabilities and therefore shorten our time to market, reduce our risk and reduce our costs.”

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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