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 will be conducted from a site in southern Taiwan in the 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.
|Version||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3|
|Hapith-1||4 × Lelien-1B ?||Lelien-1A ?||-|
|Hapith-5||5 × Lelien-1C||4 × Lelien-1B||Lelien-1A|
Nr TypeNr Vehicle Date LS Suc Payload
none Planned: 1 1 Hapith-1 xx.02.2020 Ttg * R&D 2 1 Hapith-5 xx.xx.2020 Ttg ? Launch sites: Ttg = ?, Taitung County, Taiwan