Gormley, Ontario, Canada (ROL Newswire) -- Cesaroni Technology Incorporated has begun a series of ground tests for it's new aerospike manufacturing technology. Using computational fluid dynamic (CFD) engineering techniques, the new design is the first molded ablative aerospike produced for commercial and military applications. Solid propellant formulations have been optimized for aerospike conditions. HPR certified variants are in the works as well and will be available for the Pro150® product family very soon. CTI is producing a number of systems for a NASA Aerospike Program with flight vehicles and integration being provided by blacksky Corporation. Flight-testing will begin later this winter.
CAR's motor test committee made the ruling about cert tests because CAR membership is spread out thin as butter, and getting people together for test sessions is a challenge, even in or near urban centers like Toronto. Things up here sit at about the 10% level of their counterparts in the US, however we have a huge geographical area over which to spread that fractional level of participation. CAR's resources are rather thin as a result. The idea was that TMT or NAR should handle manufacturer certifications down there, CAR should handle certifications up here, and avoid bogging down the respective other committees with tests that could be done domestically.
It's not a conspiracy or any attempt to make people's lives difficult. Rather, it's designed to lessen unnecessary burden on the test committees. Besides, in order to get motors up here a manufacturer has to have US DOT shipping classification AND classification or a permission letter from NRCan AND someone has to file for an import permit. It is generally going to a far bigger logistical PITA to ship motors cross-border for certification than to do it "at home". It was true for us with TMT certs. It allows certification tests to be done concurrent with processing an application for CA approval in another country, which ultimately saves time getting product to market.
However if a manufacturer had plans to only market in Canada (for what reason you-know-who only knows) then they could write to CAR and discuss the situation. CAR is pretty easy to get along with.
Not arguing with you Jerry, just relaying the situation as I understand it.
Mike D CTI
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Actually the option was not available when we did the first Pro38 and HyperTEK tests in 2000/2001. Only TMT or NAR. The CAR motor testing committee came to life afterwards, 2002/2003 (forget exactly when), and since its inception that's who we use for cert tests, as does West Coast Hybrids and Propulsion Polymers, the other domestic HPR manufacturers.
The grass might be greener here, but I'd have to dig through a foot and a half of snow to find out..