C4.1 Prometheus: Precursor of Low-cost Rocket Engine
Symposium: C4. IAF SPACE PROPULSION SYMPOSIUM
Session: 1 – Propulsion System (1)
Prometheus is the precursor of a new liquid rocket Engine family designed for low-cost, flexibility and reusability. The aim of Prometheus project is to design, produce, and test an advanced low-cost 100-tons class LOx/LCH4 reusable Engine in Europe. This Engine, designed for 1M€ recurrent cost, targets also flexibility in operation through variable thrust, multiple ignitions, compatibility to main and upper stage operation, and minimized ground operations before and after flight. The speakers will focus on Program genesis, programmatic aspects such as Participating States motivations, Industrial Team, organization, demonstration objectives and present shortly the status of activities, and will give the perspective for the applications and some lessons learned.