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University of San Jose Project: Spartan Spear
27 April 2015

The University of San Jose tests their hydrogen peroxide rocket engine on Frontier Astronautics' instrumented test stand. Frontier also provided the propellant tanks, remote data acquisition equipment and hydrogen peroxide rocket propellant. Spartan Spear is a rocket that is designed to launch off of a F-104 fighter jet and attain high altitudes.

Special Aerospace Services Hydro-tests Experimental Rocket Hardware at Frontier
Nov. 22, 2014

University of Colorado HySoR Test Fire
Apr. 5, 2013

The Hysor(external link) team from the University of Colorado, Boulder performs Static Test Fire 5 of their NOX-HTPB hybrid engine at the Frontier test stand.

Stone Aerospace Successfully Tests Their ENDURANCE Autonomous Submarine
Mar. 13, 2013

The robot sub successfully found its way back to a hole drilled into the ice in a lake in Antarctica by using visual guidance developed by Frontier. No GPS allowed. Stone Aerospace has a contract with NASA to develop an autonomous robot that NASA hopes to land on Europa, a moon of Jupiter, where liquid water is known to exist under a thick layer of ice. A landing mission to this moon would drill a hole through the ice and release the submarine to explore the distant ocean.

SpeedUp Conducts a Static Test of its Rocket
Mar. 9, 2013

SpeedUp tests a new auto-igniting hybrid propellant combination. Rocket testing is inherently dangerous and this shows why it is a good idea to test in a facility with 2 1/2 feet of steel-reinforced concrete walls, minimum. Despite this incident, this rocket motor concept holds much promise and SpeedUp intends to further develop it in the future.

Visit SpeedUp and get more information(external link) SpeedUp conducts a static test of its full-scale hybrid rocket at the Frontier test stand.

Work begins on Frontier's Viper Engine Prototype
Jan. 28, 2013

Work begins on the HTP-Kerosene prototype of the patented Viper™ engine design. This design promises to provide a monoprop-biprop hybrid with extreme throttleability.

University of Colorado HySoR Project Update
Dec. 12, 2012

The Hysor team from the University of Colorado, Boulder performs Static Test Fire 4(external link) of their NOX-HTPB hybrid engine at the Frontier test stand.

Frontier Developing Visual Navigation System for Underwater Robots
Jun. 20, 2012


Frontier starts work on development of a visual navigation system for underwater robotic vehicles for Zupt, LLC(external link).

University of Colorado HySoR Project
Nov. 10-11, 2011

The University of Colorado HySoR Project tests their Nitrous Oxide / HTPB hybrid motor. The test went very well; 30 seconds of useful burn time (its design fire time) but an injector burn through just after 31 sec made life interesting after that. You can see the injector glowing right before it burns through.

Note: the ignitor fires a full ten seconds before the main valve is opened. This was done to make sure that the grain was burning prior to oxidizer flow. A few more tweaks and perhaps a Class III flight next semester!

Laramie Rose Rocket Vehicle at SEDS
Oct. 28-30, 2011

Bob Steinke of Speedup (external link)will be displaying his Laramie Rose rocket vehicle at SEDS. Space Vision 2011(external link) in Boulder, CO.

SpeedUp Conducts More Tethered Flight Tests of Laramie Rose
Oct. 15, 2011

SpeedUp conducts more tethered flight testing of the Laramie Rose. This series of tests used 90% hydrogen peroxide and a throttle map that made it easier for Bob to control the throttle.

Visit SpeedUp and get more information(external link)

SpeedUp Conducts Initial Tethered Flight Tests of Laramie Rose
Oct. 9, 2011

SpeedUp conducts initial tether tests using on board flight code. The vehicle used 85% hydrogen peroxide and flew without its legs so as to get more flight time.

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University of Colorado HySoR Project Setup
Apr. 23, 2011

The University of Colorado HySoR Project sets up for their Nitrous Oxide / HTPB hybrid motor. While a couple of unexpected problems prevented firing, they will be back next semester.

Frontier Presents at Space Access 2011
Apr. 9, 2011

Frontier Astronautics presents at the Space Access 2011. One of the companies intending to test in our facilities is Darma, their turbo pump fed, LOX/methane Chase-10 engine was displayed at Space Access Society.

Download Our 2011 Power Point Presentation.

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