Test Facility Information

Parabilis operates a test facility in Lakeside, CA which is currently permitted for testing rocket engines at thrust levels up to 70,000 lbf. The Test Facility currently has redundant generators, a self-contained water supply with a storage capacity of 10,000 gallons, general storage / assembly facilities, a test control center, and multiple test pads. Parabilis is currently operating a single axis 5,000 lbf class vertical thrust stand, a mobile test stand for cryogenic bipropellant thruster testing, and a 250 lbf class horizontal test stand. The facility has two on-site oxidizer storage sheds, a toxic gas monitoring system, and storage/handling equipment for multiple propellant combinations. Learn more about the featured traits below that make our facility unique.

 

Propulsion Test Stands

Large Vertical Test Stand
  • Originally designed and used for MON-3/Paraffin hybrid motor.
  • Built on top of original 250,000 lbf Thrust Abutment previously used for 70,000 lbf hot fires.
  • Includes MON decontamination system and plume vapor capture system.
  • Highly flexible National Instruments (NI) data acquisition system.
  • Easily adaptable to multiple programs and propellants.
  • Thrust Capacity: 5000 lbf
  • Originally designed and used for a double cryogenic LOX/LCH4 RCS Thruster.
  • Designed to isolate test article from propellant tanks, feed plumbing, and data acquisition systems.
  • Counter-flow heat exchanger used to condense gaseous methane.
  • Separate and isolated oxidizer & fuel vent systems.
  • Highly flexible National Instruments (NI) data acquisition system.
  • Over 100+ successful tests.
  • Thrust Capacity: 1000 lbf
  • Originally designed and used for a Nitrous/HTPB Hybrid motor.
  • Designed for vacuum testing with 3/4" aluminum plating.
  • On-board temperature control for propellant system.
  • Coriolis flow meter integrated with highly flexible National Instruments (NI) data acquisition system.
  • Over 900 seconds of hot fire testing.
  • Thrust Capacity: 250 lbf

Propellants

Oxidizers:

  • Nitrous Oxide, N2O
  • Liquid and Gaseous Oxygen, O2
  • High Test Hydrogen Peroxide, H2O2
  • Nitrogen Tetroxide, N2O4
  • Mixed Oxide of Nitrogen, MON

Fuels:

  • Hydroxyl-Terminated PolyButadiene, HTPB
  • Liquid & Gaseous Methane, CH4
  • Propane, C3H8
  • Poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Nylon
  • Polydicyclopentadiene, pDCPD
  • Ethanol
  • Ethane

Additional Information:

  • On-site storage and monitoring of hazardous propellants.
  • Potential to add additional fuels and oxidizers.
  • Close working relationship with Fire & Safety Authorities.

Data Acquisition Systems

Parabilis has two High Speed Data Acquisition and Control Systems. Key features and abilities at the site include:

  • Remote command room with integrated site video.
  • Two cDAQ Chassis with multiple slots.
  • Multiple NI Modules: 9205, 9213, 9474, 9425, 9237
  • Spark igniter and feedback system.
  • Adaptable local network and hardwired control.
  • Remotely controlled USB FLIR Thermal Infrared Camera.
  • Dedicated micro-controller for fast response requirements.
  • Additional cDAQ controllers and expansion chassis available as needed.
  • Multiple Visible and IR camera imaging of test operations.

 

Location & Resources

The test facility is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the San Diego Airport.

  • Fully-gated test pad with 24/7 monitoring.
  • Built into boxed canyon, enclosed on 3 sides.
  • Favorable southern California climate for test activities.
  • Nearby access to heavy equipment, materials, stores, etc.

We test and we succeed.

Check out what this unique facility has been able to do for Parabilis.