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.
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.
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.
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.
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.