Bristol Aerospace solid rocket engine. 50.5 kN. Upper stages. Out of production. Isp=284s. Used on Black Brant 10 launch vehicle. First flight 1981.
The Nihka rocket motor was developed for use as the third stage of the Black Brant X sounding racket. Schedule and cost constraints dictated a low risk development program, which was achieved by using proven hardware wherever possible, together with a high performance propellant/liner system. The motor weighed 398.7 kg and delivered a total impulse of 908,770 N-s in vacuum. The first test flight took place twenty months after initiation of design.
Application: Upper stages.
Propellant Formulation: HTPB.
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Status: Out of production..
Gross mass: 399 kg (879 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 70 kg (154 lb).
Thrust: 50.50 kN (11,353 lbf).
Specific impulse: 285 s.
Burn time: 17 s.
First Launch: 1980-1982.
Associated Launch Vehicles
Black Brant 10 Canadian sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Terrier + 1 x Black Brant VB or VC + 1 x Nihka. Payload 90 kg to 1,200 km or 317 kg to 550 km. More...
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Bristol Canadian manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Bristol Aerospace Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. More...
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17KS12000 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 399/70 kg. Thrust 50.50 kN. The Nihka rocket motor was developed specifically for the Black Brant X rocket system by Bristol Aerospace. More...
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