about us

Our primary activities revolve around Research and Development in Aeronautics.

As a recipient of government funds from the Romanian budget, we strive for transparency and excellence in our endeavours to offer Romania cheap, clean access to outer space through ingenious solutions such as the Nerva Orbital Launcher. By reducing costs and imagining new, cheap solutions that integrate existing technologies, we will be able to open space to a whole new level of private investment.

History

The ADDA Research Program was initiated in 1962 with the aim of creating a theoretical and experimental background for the development of a genuine reactive engines system.

Back in the years 1960 the author was challenged by a rather short knowledge of the experimental handling of liquid propellant rocket engines in this country. While authorities were requesting the development of such propulsion systems for special purposes, the author initiated his proprietary scientific program called A.D.D.A. for “Analyses Dedicated to Development in Astronautics” at the Aviation Chair of “Politehnica” University in Bucharest. It was a program for the development of small scale, low cost liquid propellant rocket motors (LPRM), amidst with adequate computer prediction of performances and led to the construction of a test stand and the series “MRE-1” LPRM, which underwent the first static firing on April 9-th 1969.


From the very beginning of the researches devised to the ADDA program it was stated that low cost technology of liquid propellant rocket systems can be successfully used to further improve the knowledge in this technology.




1954-1962


The first official mention of the name ADDA comes from Saint Sava College Golden Book, in 1958. Prior to this moment, Mr. Rugescu did his own share of rocketry, inspired by the dawn of the space age.




1962-1991


Hermann Oberth was the last person to conduct rocket experiments in Romania until the early 1960s, as they were essentially forbidden there after World War II, even though the country had a well-developed aircraft industry. In 1962, a group of very young students, led by Radu Rugescu at the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, began a limited program in rocket propulsion research, which was neither funded nor encouraged by the government. At the IAF Congress, Dr. Rugescu described this unusual program, which was, unfortunately, stopped by the Romanian military in 1969, just as it attained success.


Dr. Rugescu said he wanted to "raise the Iron Curtain," to look back to 16 years after the end of World War II, when he and six friends designed and built a test stand for experiments, in what was called the MRE rocket engine program. Dr. Rugescu reported the young students were "secretely" encouraged by Oberth, who knew about their work. "This paper," he said, "is the first international presentation of the experiemental research activity in rocket propulsion developed in Bucharest."


The goal of the program, carried out by the Association Dedicated to the Development of Astronatics, was to design and build a small, low-thrust rocket motor, and the accompanying test stand for static firing of the engine. The intention was to prove the feasibility of an engine, as a scale model for a motor ten times larger that could propel a sub-orbital sounding research rocket.


The developers did extensive testing of various types of rocket propellants, studied the efficiency of various combustion chamber designs, examined the performance of different materials, and all other aspects of rocket technology. The diminutive size of the engine developed and tested is indicated by the fact that its mass flow rate of propellant to the engine was 127 grams per second, or a little over four ounces.


The test stand was a sophisticated apparatus, consisting of the propellant feed system, and measuring instruments to collect technical data on the performance of the engine during a test. The MRE rocket engine was successfully tested for 20 seconds on April 9, 1969 at the main laboratory of the Polytechnic University in Bucharest. That was the engine's first, and only, test. The military ended the program.


Today, the MRE engine and test stand are used as a training installation for students and faculty at the University. Demonstrations are carried out in workshops for students of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.