TFT.Flagship are long term, major engineering projects that members of The Flame Trench are collaborating on.
These range from experimental high powered rocketry to even more exciting things...
TFTqube is a 1p pocketqube satellite currently in development at The Flame Trench. Pocketqubes are small, 50mm x 50mm cube satellites that can push the limits of microelectronics in space.
The Flame Trench are aiming to have TFTqube ready for final qualification and launch in the 2020-2022 period, either from the ISS or from a secondary payload on an orbital launch. Confirmation of a launch roadmap will come further in the future.
We plan to use TFTqube to develop a novel method of building compact electronics in pocketqube sized spacecraft, using a shell concept shown to the left. The project will also act as a proving ground for multiple proprietary systems, from spacecraft modules down to ground station systems for operation.
We plan to blog the design and development of TFTqube and potentially release the design as open source as it matures. Stay tuned!
The Flame Trench are developing a high powered experimental rocket, utilising proprietary advanced control and avionics systems.
Perihelion will be a 2-stage, L2 impulse rocket, built to carry an experimental RCS platform on the second stage to prove out attitude control.
Prototyping work on the RCS has already begun by members of US TFT, and the custom avionics package will be developed in parallel with the line of nanoAlt altimeters - primarily from UK TFT. The idea will be to release the platform commercially when it is mature.
Watch this space for more info!