Success for Polish engineers. The Amber rocket has reached space

This is a breakthrough for Polish engineering. The ILR-33 Amber K2 rocket has reached space. The rocket was developed thanks to the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation.

The rocket was launched on 3 July. The ILR-33 Bursztyn suborbital rocket is the result of several years of work by Polish scientists and a breakthrough for the Polish space industry and the space exploration sector.

The rocket is powered by a hybrid engine with a hydrogen peroxide oxidiser and a solid fuel engine. It is equipped with many state-of-the-art technologies that can be applied to other rocket systems. These include the OBC-K1 modular flight computer, the EGG1U pyronaboy, pyrotechnic valves and the WR-2 mobile autonomous launcher. All design work was carried out at Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation.

The system comprising the ILR-33 BURSZTYN 2K rocket is of particular importance for the development of rocket technology in Poland. The planned tests of the rocket under space conditions are an important part of building Polish engineering competence and developing Polish space rocket technology. Particularly as ILR-33 BURSZTYN 2K is also a starting point for the development of advanced large space rocket technologies, which at the moment are only available in a few countries in Europe,” says Paweł Stężycki, Ph.D., Director of Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation.

The structure reaches speeds that are as high as 1.4 km/s. The rocket is intended to allow tests of space industry technology and a series of scientific studies to be carried out.

With this project and the technologies used in it, we want to prove to the world that elements of sustainable, ecological transport are possible in space,” said Dr. Paweł Stężycki, Director of Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation, before the test flight.

The Amber suborbital rocket is 4.6 metres long and took off from the Andoya base from Norway on 3 July. It reached the ceiling that the designers had envisaged of 100 km. According to the Polish Space Agency, the rocket will be used for, among other things, atmospheric research, lifting lightweight structures into space and conducting scientific experiments.

We are full of optimism before the next tests of the BURSZTYN system. It is already known that the rocket will be used between 2025 and 2027 by the Polish company Thorium Space. This will take place within the framework of the NCBiR project entitled. ‘Satellite remote sensing and communication system for suborbital research rockets – FAZA II’, which aims to develop the company’s new technological products for the space sector, concludes Dr Sylwester Wyka, Deputy Director for Research at Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation.

source: Ministry of Science and Higher Education(

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