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High pressure gas vessels are being deployed Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) in critical test and launch procedures.FIBA Technologies has received a key order from Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) for high pressure nitrogen storage vessels to be deployed in critical test and launch procedures.

The seamless vessels will be located at SSC’s Esrange Space Center in the far north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle (68°N, 21°E).  It was from this location that the SCC recently launched the TEXUS 60 rocket carrying experiments to be executed under microgravity conditions.

Esrange is used by the international scientific community for launching sounding rockets for microgravity and atmospheric research as well as high altitude balloons for astronomy, atmospheric research and drop tests of space and aerial vehicles. A new infrastructure also offers reusable rocket tests, engine and fuel tests, as well as launches of satellites, making it the first site on EU mainland with orbital launch capability.

Esrange also accommodates one of the world’s largest civilian satellite ground stations and acts as a hub in our satellite station network.

The high pressure vessels will be used for the Themis program, Europe’s initiative for reusable rocketry, which will begin tests at Esrange in 2025. This will be a first-stage test aiming to achieve vehicle lift-off and recovery, known as “hop tests”. The program, developed by ArianeGroup on behalf of ESA and the European Commission (SALTO consortium), aims to demonstrate Europe’s technological capabilities regarding reusability and prepare the key technological building blocks needed for the next generation of European reusable and eco-friendly launchers.

The Type 1 nitrogen vessels from FIBA Technologies are manufactured to the ASME design code Sec V111 Div 1 and will operate at a pressure of 250 bar.

Posted by: Andy Evans

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