Hard to think only two years have passed since Pythom got seed funding and started manufacturing. Our first full-scale engine was fire tested only nine months later, in spring last year. It reached a record 10Mpa chamber pressure shortly after, at 90% thrust efficiency.
By August we had built and tested Black Magic, Pythom's proprietary propulsion system. Stage one - with propellant tanks laser welded in house - was stacked just in time for Christmas.
Last month we went for the most important verification yet; a micro-jump with live firing and the full-size stage.
Our team has grown to ten people, and more are on the way. We expanded to 5000 sqft keeping design, assembly, testing, and rapid manufacturing of prototypes very close.
We worked faster, leaner and with fewer people than our competition and broke some records along the way.
Starting today, Pythom is changing from prototyping to flight-ready manufacturing. What we build now, will fly to space within a year.
Flight-ready propellant tanks, propulsion systems, avionics, and attitude control systems should be done in 6 months. The first launch will go to the edge of space (Karman line) within 12 months, and launch to orbit some time after that. A tight timeline we know, but so far we've delivered on deadlines.
Our dream, vision, and master goal always were for human interplanetary space travel. Not in big spaceships but in early exploration style, light and fast. What Naval ships failed to accomplish Norwegian Roald Amundsen did in a fishing boat and a handful of men (Google the Northwest Passage). That's our way. The examples are many, in fact, that's also how early space was done and had we continued on that path who knows where we'd be today.
To build the technology needed for human interplanetary travel we set up four phases in 2020.
Phase one focused on developing a propulsion system that would work for leaving Earth, travel through space, and land on other planets. This was completed within one year of funding, in 2021.
Phase two is the development of Eiger launcher and Olympus lander. We are halfway through and the phase will end Q1-Q2, 2023.
Phase three stretches from 2023 to 2025 and includes building the larger Kang rocket, Pythom Spaceship, and the life support system.
Phase four in 2026. Pythom space system ready for human exploration of Mars, Moons, and the Asteroids.
Browse around this site for more details on the different technologies.
The challenge is huge and the deadlines are tight, but step by step we are running towards this one and singular goal.
See you in the future!
Olympus landers detach from the spaceship and land on a planet, a moon, or an asteroid. Olympus is designed to ferry humans and provisions, and return explorers back to the spaceship.