Space Engine Systems is a Canadian aerospace company that is pioneering the next generation of propulsion technologies for aerospace and space. Our ultimate goal is the design of a reusable, single-stage-to-orbit cruise vehicle that is capable of flight up to hypersonic speeds for use in aerospace and space applications. To achieve these targets, we are developing a light, reusable, multi-fuel propulsion system.
We have been working on this technology for more than two decades. Currently, we are entering a phase of aggressive testing to completely test the full engine prototype, which is expected to demonstrate all of the key technologies. In order to carry out this testing, Space Engine Systems has developed a multi-fuel ground testing facility that is capable of simulating engine inlet temperatures for a variety of flight conditions. When not being used for our application, Space Engine Systems will also consider undertaking subcontract work at this facility for others who may be interested in testing liquid hydrogen, solid fuel, and other fuels for air breathing engines.
While all of us are interested in being part of such an exciting, technical project, we’re here because we have a passion for aerospace and space. We want to remove barriers to accessible supersonic and hypersonic flight, and make affordable space flight a reality.
Dr. Craig Johansen
Dr. Johansen is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering department at the University of Calgary. His research web-page is located at www.ucalgary.ca/johansen/. The research is focused on studying high-speed combustion phenomena and aerodynamic problems using both experimental and numerical techniques. This is motivated by the development of novel high-speed propulsion systems that will reduce the cost to access space and to improve overall safety. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. Johansen worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the NASA Langley Research Center. He used a laser imaging technique to study interference from the Reaction Control System (RCS) jets used for guided atmospheric entry of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) vehicle. He also investigated supersonic combustion ramjets (SCRAMJETS) in the National Center for Hypersonic Combined Cycle Propulsion.
Dr. Simon Park
Dr. Park is an associate professor at the University of Calgary, a professional engineer in Alberta, and is an associate member of CIRP (Int. Academy of Production Engineers). He is also serving as an associate editor of SME J. of Manufacturing Processes (www.ucalgary.ca/medal). Dr. Park's current research focuses on the micro and nano mechanical manufacturing and coating using a variety of nano particulates such as CNTs and graphenes. His website is located at schulich.ucalgary.ca/mechanical/SimonPark.