The Taiwanese Hapith rockets are being developed by the private company TiSpace to create a small low cost orbital launch vehicle powered by hybrid motors.
Hapith is powered by clusters of composite-case hybrid motors using N2O as oxidiser and high energy SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubber) solid grain fuel. Stage 1 features a cluster of 5 motors, while stage 2 uses 4 motors and stage 3 a single motor.
The maiden flight of the 2 stage Hapith-1 suborbital prototype was planned for late December 2019, but delayed to February 2020. The maiden orbital flight of the three stage Hapith-5 rocket is planned for April 2020, but will be likely also delayed.
The initial launches were to be conducted from a site in southern Taiwan in the Namten area, Taitung County. As this site does not allow flights into sun-sysnchronous orbit, TiSpace is looking for a launch site in Scandinavia or Australia. In April 2021 it was reported, that for legal reasons launches won't be conducted from Taiwan. The suborbital test launches of Hapith-1 will be hosted by Southern Launch in Australia at their Whaler's Way launch site.
|Version||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3|
|Hapith-1 / Kestrel-1||4 × Lelien-1B ?||Lelien-1A ?||-|
|Hapith-5 / Kestrel-5||5 × Lelien-1C||4 × Lelien-1B||Lelien-1A|
|Hapith-5 / Kestrel-5||390||350||-||-||-||-|
Nr TypeNr Vehicle Date LS Suc Payload
1 1 Hapith-1 16.09.2021 Wha LP-A * F R&D Planned: 2 2 Hapith-1 xx.12.2021 Wha LP-A * Ionosphere Scintillation Package x 1 Hapith-5 xx.xx.202x Wha ? ? Launch sites: Ttg = ?, Taitung County, Taiwan Wha = Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, Sleaford, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Australia