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Internal Research and Development

At the Trans Lunar Research Facilities, several R&D projects are underway. These projects include:

Liquid Rocket Engine Development: Trans Lunar Research has been developing liquid rocket engines since 1996. A series of six  storable and cryogenic propellant engines have been developed. Current research is underway on three new types of engines. Storable propellant engines using White Fuming Nitric Acid, Furfuryl Alcohol, and Hydrocarbon-X have been successfully tested. Thrusts range from 500 pounds to  18,000 pounds.

Rocket Propellant Tank Development: Aluminum, stainless steel, and composite propellant tanks are under development at TLR.

Guidance System Development: Prototype inertial guidance systems using off-the-shelf components are presently in the test phase. 

Reentry Capsule Development: A full-scale prototype reentry capsule mockup is under construction. It is designed to carry four passengers. Passenger seating configurations, control console layouts, thruster placement, ejection seat design, seating design and materials, parachute placement, and all aspects of technical and ergonomic reentry issues are being investigated.

Lunar Hopper Development: A piloted rocket powered Vertical Take-off and Landing Vehicle (VTLV) is under development. It is a one-passenger test-bed for the proposed TLR Lunar Hopper. The TLR Lunar Hopper is an open cockpit Lunar Lander that will be used to land humans on the Moon. It is very similar to the Lunar Module developed for Apollo, but is only a fraction of its weight and size.  Powered by a single liquid rocket engine and sixteen attitude control thrusters using IWFNA and HX, the VTLV is being used to test the basic Lunar Hopper design concept.


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