Smallspark recieves additional £50,000 funding boost from SPRINT.ac.uk to use 3D printing to improve its engine performance

Smallspark Space Systems has signed up to the national SPRINT business support programme to access funding for a major project that will develop allow the company to leverage advances in additive manufacturing to improve the performance of its rocket engines. Smallspark is currently the only UK company to have received two rounds of funding from SPRINT, a major validator for their technologies. 

The project will allow Smallspark to work with its new development partner The University of Bath, to develop new types of structural lattices for its engines, that will allow the company to improve the performance of its engines. This is an essential step towards getting the companies designs up to a sufficient TRL to begin test flights towards the end of 2021.

Matt Jaffa, Smallspark Engineer and project lead had this to say:

This project allows us to identify a solution to an issue that has been historically plaguing our rocket architecture. Whilst it originated as an idea that we played around with on the 3D printer in the office, after a bit of research and evaluation of the prints, it soon became clear that there is a lot of potential in our proposed solution.

Working with Bath University allows us to tap into a wealth of knowledge in manufacturing and testing whilst also utilising their fantastic facilities.  We’re incredibly excited to begin this collaboration and have another project funded by SPRINT.

Joseph Ward, Smallspark’s CEO had to say

This project allows us to identify a solution to an issue that has been historically plaguing our rocket architecture. Whilst it originated as an idea that we played around with on the 3D printer in the office, after a bit of research and evaluation of the prints, it soon became clear that there is a lot of potential in our proposed solution.

Working with Bath University allows us to tap into a wealth of knowledge in manufacturing and testing whilst also utilising their fantastic facilities.  We’re incredibly excited to begin this collaboration and have another project funded by SPRINT.

Smallspark is aiming to begin test flights of its Frost Micro sounding rocket by the end of 2021, with its first commercial flight targeted for early 2022.