Engineering design and manufacturing specialist PFi Aerospace will work with Hypersonix Launch Systems on their scramjet-assisted launch vehicle powered by green hydrogen fuel.
The two local companies 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.
“Their innovative technology is impressive and we are very happy to give them a hand fabricating and testing components for their fifth-generation SPARTAN scramjet engine and their green hydrogen fuel system that goes with it,” said PFi Aerospace CEO Nick Green
“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,” Mr Green added. “We feel that scramjet technology has great potential for Australia, right up there alongside more traditional rocket technology. “
Scramjet technology powered by green hydrogen, also produced locally, will help address environmental issues, Mr Green said.
Hypersonix Managing Director David Waterhouse said the framework agreement with PFi was a significant step in his company’s commercialisation process. Under the framework agreement, PFi Aerospace. Is providing a suitable site for bench testing and operation and also providing access to other essential testing facilities.
All bespoke parts required for the test-rig will be developed in collaboration with PFi Aerospace.
In addition, PFI’s Hybrid All Inclusive Learning Instrument (HAILI) Rocket STEM program, being delivered to high school and TAFE students in Queensland, is sponsored by local industry who are keen to contribute to bridging the skills shortage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields.