ARCA presents from June 1 to June 3 2012, in Victoria Square in Bucharest, the Haas 2C orbital rocket, a 30% larger variant than the one carried by IAR-111 supersonic plane.
Haas 2C will be launched from the ground in Spring 2013 during Mission 7 and will have as objective the flight testing of the Executor engine and to reach orbit, becoming the first fully made Romanian satellite. Mission 7 will also be a final test for the Moon launch of the European Lunar Explorer space probe, in the $ 30 million Google Lunar X Prize American competition.
During Mission 7 the Haas 2C rocket will be one stage launched, being for the first time when is attempted to launch a satellite by a one stage rocket. This is possible because of the rocket tanks' construction technology of composite materials that are very light.
“It is my pleasure to provide Team ARCA my support in their efforts to compete in the Google Lunar X PRIZE. ARCA was one of the serious teams competing in the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. I was very impressed by their passion, technical skills and commitment to opening the Space frontier. For this reason, I’m very pleased to have them as one of the serious teams also competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE.” - Google Lunar X Prize President, Peter Diamandis
ARCA efforts in the Romanian Space Program are a private initiative.
Haas 2C technical specifications:
- length: 18 m
- empty weight: 510 kg
- launch maximum weight: 16 tons
- fuel: liquid oxygen + kerosene
- fuel burn: 85 kg/sec
- maximum engine thrust: 23 tons
More info at https://www.arcaspace.com/en/haas_2_en.htm