The Pulsar liquid hydrogen rocket engine and liquid oxygen propellants differentiates itself from many other liquid rocket engine developments through higher performance and its ability to support global growth in the space industry while also having credentials to demonstrate it is carbon neutral. Hydrogen, while more challenging to handle than other cryogenic propellants such as methane or liquid oxygen, offers many specific benefits for Pulsar’s vision.
Hydrogen engines offer sales potential to small and larger launch service providers alike: customers for upper stage hydrogen engines currently exist in the UK, Pulsar is aiming to manufacture and supply six engines per annum to clients in our first year.
Hydrogen rocket engines are likely to generate value for future in-space transportation missions for example to the Moon and Mars, and will provide essential experience in handling liquid hydrogen, the most promising propellant for Pulsar’s fusion drive roadmap.
Furthermore, very few organisations exist in the UK with hands-on experience of liquid hydrogen. The aviation industry is set to begin decarbonising over the next decade, and liquid hydrogen powered aircraft development will be a significant
part of that.