Research & Development

Launch of Complete Full Scale NLV Flight Development Unit (Prospector-6) in Preparation

The team is continuing the development of the Prospector-6 vehicle. This vehicle represents the complete baseline NLV vehicle. For cost reasons, this flight development unit (FDU) has low fidelity and performance relative to an operational NLV. While the NLV would be capable of delivering 10 kg to low earth orbit, P-6 is expected to reach altitudes around 5,000 ft. This vehicle represents an evolution from P-5 which was flown and recovered in Dec. 2004 and which represented only the first stage of the baseline NLV. The P-6 will include inter-stage and upper stage mock-ups. Also, stage separation will be attempted.

As for P-5, recovery will be attempted, using this time a larger and higher performance parachute provided at a discount by Butler Parachutes.

P-6 under construction; 1400 lbf thrust engine is sitting next to it

P-6 under construction; 1400 lbf thrust engine is sitting next to it

The launch date originally planned for mid-April has been postponed to May because of the current MTA access road conditions.

The primary objective for this development effort is to obtain experience with building, testing, handling and launching vehicles of the complete NLV scale. Subsequent FDU's will incrementally evolve towards the high-performance NLV design as resources become available.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE MTA FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE LAUNCH ATTEMPT

Per Reaction Research Society policy, people attending tests are now required to obtain full-year membership PRIOR to the test date. Details will be provided at a later date.

For operations at the Mojave Test Area, including logistics and direction information, click here.

For additional information about either the CALVEIN project and/or the cooperative program between CSULB and Garvey Spacecraft Corporation, please contact the following project representatives:

For additional information about either the CALVEIN project and/or the cooperative program between CSULB and Garvey Spacecraft Corporation, please contact the following project representatives:

  • Dr. Eric Besnard
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 Bellflower Blvd Long Beach, CA 90840
  • Tel:(562) 985-5442
  • Fax:(562) 985-1669
  • Email:besnarde@csulb.edu
  • John Garvey
  • Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
  • 389 Haines Avenue
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-1841
  • Tel:(562)-498-2984
  • Email: info@garvspace.com