Hot Flamey Stuff

Sorry it’s been several days since I’ve had a chance to post. Just about two years ago, I saw a funny quote referenced on Rocketforge.org. Apparently somebody had asked:

How come on real rockets they always have funnel like things on the back of the thruster thingo?

To which a rocket historian, Peter Alway replied:

Because the hot flamey stuff that comes out of the thruster thingo is accelleratized to the fastness of that noisy stuff you hear by passing through an other-way funnel-like thingy before it reaches the funnel-like things you see, and by going through the funnel-like things it embiggens, which acceleratizes it to several times faster than that noisy stuff you hear. The faster the flamey stuff leaves the thruster thingo, the faster the rocket travels when it runs out of the gunk it burns.

Ever since then, the phrase “hot flamey stuff” has kinda stuck.

Well, last weekend we conjured up some of our own “hot flamey stuff”, making Masten Space Systems a real rocket company! Man was that impressive! I was standing about 1/4 mile away from the trailer, manning a fire station, and you could feel the power coming out of that bad-boy. We definitely aren’t yet an XCOR when it comes to engine development experience, but little-by-little, we’re getting there.

We still have a lot of work left to go before we have a flight-ready engine, but if our igniter experience is anything to go off of, now that we’ve finally had one firing, everything else should start moving a lot quicker. The engine we were testing was a water-cooled workbench version of our 500lbf LOX/IPA throttleable vernier engines that we’ll be using on our XA-1 suborbital rocket vehicle. Once we have a set of four vernier engines working reliably and safely, we intend to fly them on a demonstrator vehicle, the XA-0.1, which is currently under development. Maybe by the time the actual X-Prize Cup competitions start next October, we’ll have a vehicle in the race too.

But, dang that was sweet!

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
Jonathan Goff

About Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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4 Responses to Hot Flamey Stuff

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations, guys! Hot flamey stuff coming out the the right sideoutwards is a muchgoodness.

    Doug Jones, XCOR Rocket Plumber

  2. Jon Goff says:

    Thanks Doug, coming from you that means a lot! Congrats to you guys too, on landing that sweet deal for the Rocket Racing League. Nothing like getting hooked up as the sole provider for engines for a new racing league…

    One of these days once we’ve got more experience under our belt (including flight experience), we’ll have to see if we can twist some arms and get a VTVL league setup…

  3. Anonymous says:

    I wish you the best in your hot flamey stuff making backwards pushing aginst a pointy flying thingie and making it zoom through the place with no air in it!

    (Ah, the wonders of googling your own name!)

    -Peter Alway

  4. Jon Goff says:

    Pete,
    Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully you’ll also see a lot of hot flamey stuff coming out the right sideoutwards too.

    ~Jon

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