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SABER

Suborbital Atmospheric Balloon Elevated Rocket

What is SABER?

The Suborbital Atmospheric Balloon Elevated Rocket (SABER) is a university student developed space launch vehicle. This vehicle uses a high altitude launch to maximize range. Our system uses a single stage rocket powered by a student researched and designed solid rocket motor launched from zero pressure balloon. The mission objective is to take 2-5 kilogram payloads to altitudes of 70-110 kilometers. SABER utilizes amateur rocket architecture combined with ballooning to lower development time and reduce costs.

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How does it work?

SABER uses a unique balloon launch platform to increase the range of standard high power rocket systems.

The balloon will lift a launch platform and rocket above the atmosphere to remove drag.  From this height the rocket will ignite and begin a suborbtial trajectory to edge of space, 100km.

This novel launch systems combines the best of SHC's ballooning and rocket skills to accomplish its mission.

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Rocket Booster

The rocket stands at 3m (~10ft) tall, and uses a solid fuel single staged motor to boost its payload on the suborbital trajectory.

Propellent is designed at UAH by our SRAD team. With 22kg (~49lbs) of propellant, this vehicle achieves a burnout speed of Mach 4 at its high altitude launch.

Vehicle is fully recoverable with a two stage drogue and main chute. It houses room for a 3U volume of payload at 1-5kg (11lbs) mass.


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Launch Platform

To launch the rocket boost a special airborne launch platform is being developed by SHC.  This platform houses the rocket during its several hour ascent through the atmosphere and provides a stable launch base.

The platform is fully recoverable using a dual chute deployment system located on either side of the launch rails.

Our system is modular and simplistic using rail mounts and a stable multipoint mounting  to the balloon envelop.

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Balloon System

The lift the launch platform and rocket booster a zero-pressure balloon is used.  Using thin plastic and helium this envelop will be the first stage of SABER's launch system.

SHC is researching manufacturing methods to develop these balloons in-house opening up cost effective methods to launch heavy payloads.

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Want to join?

Let us know if you want to be a part of UAH's space launch vehicle development!