Earlier in 2019, TiSPACE increased the efficiency of its hybrid rocket engines to achieve NASA-defined Class-I rocket propulsion. Chen told the Taipei Times that TiSPACE managed to do this while keeping costs lower than competing firms. According to Chen, TiSPACE hybrid rocket engines can generate more than 1,000 kilograms of thrust.
TiSPACE intends to start providing commercial launch services to clients around the world in late 2020, and is in negotiations with other countries about leasing launch facilities. TiSPACE also plans to establish an office in California so it can access the U.S. commercial space and satellite ecosystem and even use the launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
In late December 2019 TiSPACE plans to conduct a test launch its Hapith I (Saisiyat for “flying squirrel”) sounding rocket, and launch Hapith V in late 2020. Hapith means “flying squirrel in Saisiyat, the language of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan.
The test launches will be made from private property on Taiwan’s east coast and TiSpace plans to launch payloads into orbits of 250 to 300 kilometres altitude, which – if achieved – would break the existing hybrid rocket launch record of 150km altitude.
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