Our renovated lab in Katapult

We recently renovated our lab in Katapult accelerator, which will allow us to start building the Stella 1 rocket. In addition to new electric and hand tools, we have also fabricated a clean room for Read more…

Static tests of the SL-1 rocket motor

In May, after weeks of preparations and never ending second thoughts, whether we forgot something, we managed to fire up the SL-1. We decided to schedule the test in the evening, when the flame would Read more…

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Start

06. 2016

Hybrid rocket motor lab tests

Small-scale hybrid rocket motor tests. The aim was to demonstrate hybrid technology and develop of a reliable igniter for larger motors. We used gaseous oxygen as an oxidizer and acrylic glass as fuel.

05. 2017

SL-1 rocket motor static tests

SL-1 was Spacelink’s first rocket motor with paraffin-based fuel and liquid oxygen as an oxidizer. It generated a thrust of 2 kN during its 10 seconds of operation.

10. 2018

SL-2 rocket motor static tests

SL-2 is the flight-ready motor, prepared for use in the Stella 1 rocket. It generates 4 kN of thrust during 19 seconds of operation and consumes 30 kg of fuel and oxidizer. Oxidizer is supplied to the combustion chamber with high-pressure helium.

03. 2019

Launch of the Stella 1 rocket

Stella 1 will be Spacelink’s first rocket, which will be propelled by the SL-2 motor and will reach an altitude of 10 km. It will be equipped with a two-stage recovery system, consisting of a drogue and a main parachute.

05. 2020

Launch of the Stella 2 rocket

With Stella 2 we will try to reach the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space – the Karman line, which lies at an altitude of 100 km above sea level.

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Our story

What we do

Spacelink Institute is a team of young, innovative engineers who aspire to develop a space program in Slovenia. Our team is building a rocket that will be launched above the Karman line, which lies at an altitude of 100 km and represents the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.

Vision

Humans have been placing artificial satellites in Earth orbit for about 60 years with a purpose of earth observation, communication and navigation.

There has been a lot of development effort in miniaturizing satellite technology, resulting in the increasing production of micro- and nanosatellites. These range from under 1kg to a few hundred kilograms in mass.

Currently, transport to orbit is achieved with large rockets, which allows very little flexibility with the final orbit, launch frequency and schedule.

In Spacelink we believe we can differentiate by developing small-in-size and high-performance rockets based on hybrid rocket propulsion to change the way payload is launched into orbit.

 

The team

Management

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NIK MOHORKO
Head of Spacelink
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PETER PIPP
Propulsion lead
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JAN JEVŠOVAR
Electronics lead
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MIRO DELIČ
Construction lead

Propulsion

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NEJC PLANINŠEK
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TJAŠ CVEK
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MATIJA MEVC
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ROBERT KOTNIK
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JERNEJ HERNAVS
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JOŽE TEKAVEC
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JOŠT HERMAN
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JURIJ HUMAR

Construction

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DOMEN VIDONJA

Electronics and advisory

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VID BEVČAR
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JERNEJ GROSAR
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MATIJA RENČELJ
Legal advisor

Partners

Dewesoft
Rotis
Bitami
LTH Castings
Belak
S3C
Intri
Skupina Optima
Tehna
SZF
Skylabs
Jakša
Rotary klub Ljubljana – Center
Sensor
Milan Jelen s.p.
Strojnik.si
Istrabenz plini
Aviko
Decca
Forstek
Dastaflon
Elestra
CNC Robida
Hip Plus
I-var
LT-varjenje
Trgograd