The CHIRON4 booster is ready for testing on the 22nd of September. This 6 grain 21000Ns booster is inspired on previous 8 grain CHIRON motors with several enhanced safety features:
- The core was increased to 45mm to reduce mass flux erosive burning.
- The multi nozzle design allows for smaller graphite inserts, reducing the risk of nozzle cracking. In addition, multiple nozzles may reduce the risk of nozzle blockage.
- The diameter of the grain was slightly decreased to allow for a full layer of insulating EPDM, reducing the thermal stress on the casing.
- Radial bolts were replaced by a circlip ring to improve strength.