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ARCA: Haas 2C rocket gets more powerful

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The ARCA organisation has completed the project for the second stage of Haas 2C rocket, which will now be able to place 300kg payloads into orbit, that is six times the one-stage version of the rocket could.

ARCA reports that the second stage of the rocket is fully made of composite materials, made up of a liquid oxygen tank, a kerosene tank and a Venator engine.

The tanks are pressurised at 16 atmospheres. The rocket is 3.3m long, 1.23 m in diameter; it has an empty weight of 210 kg that can sustain a mass of 1,480kg. Its traction force is 2,500kg, with a vacuum specific impulse of 314 seconds.

'The first launch of the Hass 2C is scheduled for 2013 and it will be Romania's first attempt at launching a satellite in orbit. The launch is part of Romania's Space Programme carried out by ARCA,' reads the release.

ARCA is a non-profit organisation which main objective is space exploration and colonisation and which carries out Romania's 2012-2025 Space Programme.

So far, ARCA has created a Demonstrator 2B rocket, equipped with the world's first reusable engine made of composite materials that was successfully launched on September 9, 2004 from Romania's Air Force Capul Midia Base.

It also created a Stabilo aerospace system that has so far conducted two flights: mission one, being launched at 14,700m altitude, into the stratosphere, and mission 2, conducted in 2007 at 12,000m altitude above the Black Sea, with support from Romania's Navy, Air Force and ROMATSA.

The sub-orbital rocket Helen, a technological demonstrator for Google Lunar X Prize competition, launched in 2010 off the Black Sea as part of mission 4B up to 40 km high, is another achievement of ARCA.

Included among the objectives of Romania's Space Programme are developing a Haas 2C orbital rocket that can fly 300 kg into the low earth orbit; developing the IAR-111 Excelsior passenger jet; winning the 30-million-US dollar competition of aerospace robotics and developing the Super Hass orbital rocket that is able to place 2.5t payloads into orbit.

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