MISSION & VISION

Equatorial Space was founded in 2017 with a singular vision - to make space launch as safe and efficient as possible.

We turn this vision into reality using our proprietary propulsion technology.

We believe no company should be forced to reinvent the wheel, and provide rockets that deliver reduced risk and cost

We are your gateway to space.

 
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THE GAME CHANGER IS HERE

HRF-1 Propelled Hybrid Rockets

Hybrid rockets use a combination of liquid oxidizer and solid fuel, a non-explosive combination that simplifies the design compared to traditional propulsion systems. While the potential of hybrid propulsion has been well known, they were always hindered by the poor performance of traditionally available solid fuels which made them inefficient and unstable. We solved that, and are here to change the launch business forever.

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Safe

Hybrid propulsion is non-explosive, making it safe to manufacture, store and transport - avoiding any extra hazards on the pad.

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Flexible

Hybrids can be throttled, shut down and restarted, being useable in a variety of situations - such as optimised ascent trajectories.

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Capable

Our fuel has a specific gravity of 1.6, low O/F ratio and O/F shift and regression rates of 4-10mm/s - at it has been proven to be structurally stable in flight.

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Affordable

Safety and simplicity leads to reduction in costs for R&D and manufacturing, making space access affordable - our hybrids cost less than a half of competing solutions

 
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THE ULTIMATE ROCKET FUEL

HRF-1

HRF-1 is a solid fuel composition proprietary to Equatorial Space Systems. HRF-1 and its derivative versions provide high regression rates, allowing high-thrust solutions with simple port configurations. The fuel is structurally stable in flight conditions, and delivers specific impulse comparable to that of contemporary liquid oxygen and kerosene liquid rocket engines.

 

Test flown for the first time on 21st December 2020, the HRF-1  fuel is non-explosive and hence safe to manufacture, store and transport.  It has a theoretical specific impulse of up to 380s in vacuum with Liquid Oxygen.

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HRF-1 Qualification Flights 

MAD

Mid Altitude Demonstrator 

Date: Q1 2023

Peak Velocity: Mach 3.5

Apogee: 58km

Average Thrust: 9kN

Launch Site: TBC, USA

Technology Readiness Level: 7

 

The MAD mission will be the first supersonic test of the HRF-1AL solid fuel and cNOX propellant combination prior its deployment on commercial launch platforms, and is slated for launch mid-2022  from a US launch site.

LAD

Low Altitude Demonstrator

Date: 21 Dec 2020

Peak Velocity: Mach 0.8

Apogee: 1.2km

Peak Thrust: 600N

Launch Site: Perak, Malaysia

Technology Readiness Level: 5

 

The LAD vehicle was the first in-flight demonstration of the HRF-1 solid fuel, as well as the first commercial rocket launch  in Southeast Asia, featuring international cooperation during Covid- 19 Pandemic.

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Powered by the HRF-1AL 

H300 MOTOR 

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Designed for the DORADO suborbital rocket, the H300 features a helium pressurizing system to deliver a Chilled Nitrous Oxide (cNOX) into the motor that uses HRF-1AL solid fuel.  This allows densification of the oxidizer to a level comparable to liquid oxygen, while averting the costs & challenges associated with handling of a cryogenic oxidizer.

H700 MOTOR 

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The H700 is designed for both the first and the second stages of the VOLANS launch vehicle.Additionally the H700 features an innovative delivery pump, the eRAVEN, which increases the oxidizer supply pressure to increase the engine performance.

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MEET THE TEAM 

Leadership & Executives 

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Simon Gwozdz

Chief Executive Officer,  
Founder

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David Broadbent

Director of Equatorial Space Systems Australia

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Praveen G. Perumal

Chief Operating  
Officer

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Marcelo Martinez

Head of Flight
Dynamics

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Jamie Anderson

Chief Technical  
Officer

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Mentors & Advisors

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Glenn Haskins

GNC Expert
Lockeed Martin

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Sandip Dasgupta

Avionics Expert
NASA JPL, Lockheed Martin

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Andrew Shapiro

Materials Expert
NASA JPL, Proteus Space

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Tan Cheng Hai

Space Industry Expert
SSTA, Zenith Intellutions

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Mau DeRidder

Propulsion Expert
Aerojet Rocketdyne, SpaceX, VG

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Dr Carlos O. Maidana

Space Systems Expert
Maidana Research

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