HyImpulse is participating in Horizon 2020 SME Instrument phase 2 with the HyTEC project, to create a new European value chain for hybrid rocket propulsion systems and small launch vehicles. The goal of the project is to open a key market in space transportation by developing a novel, game changing small satellite launcher, complementary to Europe’s existing fleet of launchers. In parallel, from 2021 HyImpulse will offer a commercial microgravity launch services with its sounding rockets.
The participation in H2020 will enable the development, scaling up, testing and assembly of hybrid rocket motor and lightweight turbopump which currently do not exist in the European market. This work will also lead to a complete revision of the launcher production strategy that benefits from European composite and 3D printing technology. Major cost reduction from HyImpulse by half compared to competitors is planned as a result of serial production of hybrid rocket engines.
HyTEC will lead to direct growth, leadership, independent access to space and complement ESA’s launch offerings by filling the lower end of satellite launch products. Within the H2020 framework, the project mitigates the environmental impact by using green propellants, in accordance with European regulations and European Space strategy.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest European research and innovation program to ensure EU produces world class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering solutions to big challenges facing our society. Almost €77 billion of funding is available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment.