This spring, the collaboration was strengthened as a result of a new phase of a space project being developed by ARCA, namely tests on the Haas 2C rocket engine. In order to carry out those tests, ARCA needed a reliable partner in the form of a supplier of liquid oxygen.

This spring, the collaboration was strengthened as a result of a new phase of a space project being developed by ARCA, namely tests on the Haas 2C rocket engine. In order to carry out those tests, ARCA needed a reliable partner in the form of a supplier of liquid oxygen.

The Romanian Association for Aeronautics and Cosmonautics (ARCA) is a non-governmental organisation, which developed the Romanian Space Program (2012-2025).

ARCA’s contribution to the Romanian Space Project is a private initiative and it aims to win the Google Lunar X Prize contest (the $30 million competition for the first privately funded team to send a robot to the moon).

ARCA unveiled the Haas 2C orbital rocket, a 30% larger model than that of a IAR-111 supersonic plane, in Victoria Square, in front of government buildings, in Bucharest on June 1-3. SIAD Romania was invited to attend this event and it exhibited the liquid oxygen storage tank and semitrailer.

The Haas 2C rocket, developed by ARCA, will be launched in spring 2013 during Mission 7. This mission will test the “Executor” flight engine and upon reaching orbit it will become the first satellite developed entirely in Romania, weighing over half a ton in total.

Mission 7 will be the final rehearsal for the launch of the moon probe for the European Lunar Explorer competition. During Mission 7, the Haas 2C rocket will be a single stage to orbit launch, the first time this has been attempted. This type of launch is possible due to the very light composite materials used to construct the rocket tanks.

Over the coming years, SIAD Romania will provide liquid oxygen for the Executor rocket engine, “the heart” of the entire Romanian Space Project. This engine will propel the IAR-111 supersonic shuttle and the Super Haas and Haas 2 rockets. SIAD Romania will not only provide ARCA with liquid oxygen storage and distribution equipment but also with the required expertise to deploy and operate such facilities.
Liquid oxygen, whose operating temperature on board is -180 °C, is used together with kerosene to power the rocket engine. The kerosene burns inside the engine in a rich oxygen environment, generating a temperature of over 3000 °C, which provides a 24 ton thrust to the engine.

“ARCA’s partnership with SIAD Romania solves a particular requirement of the Romanian Space Project, namely to ensure the supply of liquid oxygen, a vital component necessary for propulsion. What’s more, I have discovered a team of passionate people in SIAD Romania, who are willing to support programs which aim to develop this country”,

commented Dumitru Popescu, ARCA President.

Following negotiations with all suppliers of liquefied gases in Romania, ARCA signed a long term collaboration protocol with SIAD. The key factors in this decision were the flexible and convenient services provided by SIAD and its desire to support ARCA in this unique and ambitious project. SIAD also demonstrated its belief in the successful outcome of this project and its ability to easily adapt to ARCA’s needs (SIAD’s ASU in Calarasi is situated within short distance of the Air Force military base in Capu Midia, where  the engine tests will be conducted).

“SIAD Romania is not only a supplier of industrial gases and technologies, but also an active and reliable partner for various projects and new applications. Therefore, we are very glad that ARCA has given us the opportunity to join the Romanian Space Project. ” said Cristinel Mihailescu, SIAD Romania General Manager.

SIAD Romania negotiations with ARCA and the sponsorship idea aimed at increasing brand awareness followed the suggestion of Adrian Tirsagoiu, Sales Representative for Craiova, Targu Jiu and Rm. Valcea Depot Holders, under the supervision of Dragos Popa, Sales and Marketing Manager.

The communication and promotion activities related to the events organised by ARCA, where SIAD will be present as an important partner in this project, are being directly coordinated by Catalina Turcanu, Sales and Marketing Assistant Manager.  Technical support for the entire project is provided by Dan Ivanov, Technical Manager of SIAD Romania.

As the ARCA project progresses, we expect a significant increase of SIAD brand awareness in Romania. The ARCA Project is a private initiative, which promotes knowledge and science among people of different backgrounds.

Romania’s space program has been, and will continue to be, an interesting subject for many people in Romania, as a matter of national pride. Romania has a long and interesting history in flight pioneers, most notably Henri Coanda, the inventor and manufacturer of the world’s first jet airplane in 1910, who discovered the attachment fluid phenomenon known as “the Coanda effect”, was the first manufacturer of flying saucers in 1932, and who was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. SIAD’s participation in this project can only serve to enhance its image and to gain wider recognition.