Kuwait Space Rocket Project – On a Mission to Launch the First Arabian Rocket Into Space

With tech Industry Giants such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson trying their best to make the space flight commercial, the space rocket industry is seeing massive growth.

The journey that seemed only true for some really lucky ones in the past, is now going to be accessible to everyone.

In the coming years, it is quite possible that Space Flight and transportation will become commercial and available to experience for everyone.

In the race to space exploration, a research group of young Kuwaitis has started their very own space rocket project with the name KSR (Kuwait Space Rocket).

As mentioned on the KSR website, the aim of this project is to design and launch the first Arabian Suborbital Liquid Bipropellant Rocket Up to 100KM in the atmosphere. And also, to start the space transportation services.

In this brief review, we are going to walk you through KSR and how they are working to completely change the way we see commercial space transportation.

So, let’s get started and talk about the Kuwait Space Rocket Project

About Kuwait Space Rocket Project

Kuwait Space Rocket is a project started by a young Kuwaiti research group founded by Naser Ashknani, a mechanical engineering student. The group is aiming to make and launch the first Rocket for Kuwait into space.

The research group is quite competent and has years of experience in different engineering fields. The research group has an aim, to be the first one in Kuwait to launch a space rocket as high as 100KM into space.

Their team consists of Naser Ashknani, a mechanical engineering student working on manufacturing and design. Suleiman Al-Fuhaid, who is an aerospace engineer and is also a former SpaceX intern who is working on the propulsion systems for the project. Fahad Al-Fahad is a computer engineer and is there to handle the avionics and control system for the Rocket.

The project was started in 2018 and it is supposed to be completed in by 2023. The milestones of the project have been divided into 3 phases. Many of the subphases have been completed and the project completion pace seems just right.

 

Here is the Primary Goal of the KSR, described in a single sentence

Working to Launch the First-Ever Arabian Suborbital Liquid Bipropellant Rocket 100Km in the Atmosphere

KSR wants to build, design, test, and launch the very first rocket for Kuwait and they are quite excited to make that happen for their country. Their aim is to place Kuwait’s flag in space and capture it with an image of the earth in the background.

The KSR is then going to give the image to his Highness the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The mission is to make their countrymen feel proud through the achievement of this incredibly difficult feat.

KSR Project Phases

The KSR team has divided the KSR project into 3 phases. Each of the phases will serve as a stepping stone for the next one and by the time they reach the 3rd phase, they are expected to reach their goal.

Throughout these phases, KSR is going to launch 3 rockets. Here is how they are planning on going about it

KSR1A – This rocket is going to be a testing vehicle. The idea behind this testing rocket is to learn about building rockets and figuring out the best ways to go about the KSR project. The KSR1A is going to fly up to 6 km and it is going to have an empty mass of 13KG and a thrust of about 520N.

 

 

Presenting KSR-1A to the Ministry of Defense

 

 

 

Static Testing KSR-1A

 

KSR1B – This 2nd rocket is going to be a developmental rocket for the suborbital engine. The suborbital engine will be designed and tested with the KSR1B. This rocket is going to be launched up to 30KM into space.

KSR 2 – This is going to be the actual suborbital rocket. This rocket is going to go into space and is going to have an altitude of about 100 – 120km.

 

Why a Liquid Bipropellant engine?

There are many propellent systems for rockets that are out there. But the KSR is planning on using the Bipropellant system which is a sub-type of the chemical propulsion.

The Bipropellant system works on Methanol/Nitrous and offers excellent performance as compared with other options.

For example, Liquid-fueled rockets have higher specific impulse than solid rockets and are capable of being throttled, shut down, and restarted.

There are many other propellent technologies that are also being used by space projects all around the globe. But the KSR is choosing to go with Bipropellants because of the obvious benefits that they have to offer.

Kuwait Space Rocket Project – The Complete Process

KSR is aiming to develop the first Kuwait Space Program to inspire more people to step foot into this endeavor. Making the space transportation commercial is one of the aims of this team.

They have developed a complete process for the project completion and set up various milestones for themselves and displayed them on their website to make the world how far they have come with their efforts.

Here is an overview of the KSR project design and implementation process

Design – The design is the first step of the process. In this step, the KSR created the very first design, kind of like a draft for the rocket.

The design is made using industry-leading 3D design software such as SOLIDWORKS, MATLSB and ANSYS. Once the designs are made, the team gets into making the design a reality. And this is the next step of the design process.

Building – In this step of the process, the KSR team is going to implement the design they have created for the space rocket. They are going to utilize 3D printing, Drilling, Welding, Milling, and CNC Machines to prepare and assemble the parts.

The building step is the most crucial one because the entire success of the program is going to depend on it. We are quite excited to see what they bring up after the rocket design is completed.

Testing – KSR is going to pass their created rocket through multiple testing phases. They are going to perform different tests including Cold Flow, Pressure Proof testing, Static testing, and so much more.

The main idea behind this step is to figure out whether the rocket will be able to perform as planned. To make this possible, the rocket should be able to handle anything that might come up for it during the launch and when the rocket is on the way to its destination.

Final Words

We are already in the year 2021 so the given deadline is just about 2 years away. We are quite excited to see what the KSR is going to bring to the table for the space industry. They have a team of certified professionals who are working day and night to make the Rocket Launch possible as soon as they can.

So, stay tuned with KSR for the latest updates about the space rocket project. You don’t want to miss this historical event!