Speed. Humans have been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to transport for millennia. From the Erie Canal to the Pacific Railroad and on to freight shipping (air and sea), we’ve always been looking for ways to move people—and the stuff we need to survive—faster.
We’ve become so fast that we’ve broken the sound barrier. Five times over, in fact. Aircraft that move at supersonic speed have existed since 1947, but with the exception of the Concorde, they remain primarily the province of militaries.
But there are several private companies out there developing vehicles to travel at these speeds, such as the one we’re going to speak with in this podcast.
Today, we’re joined by Pradeep Dass, the President and CTO of Space Engine Systems, a Canadian-based aerospace start-up company located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In this episode, we will dive deep into Pradeep Dass’s insights and vision for Space Engine Systems, offering a fascinating glimpse into the future of aerospace innovation.
In this episode, you will gain insights into Space Engine Systems’ focus on pushing the boundaries of high-speed flight and its determination to make space more accessible. You will also get to hear about the challenges and limitations of traditional rockets, such as the waste of fuel, which Space Engine Systems aims to overcome with their approach.
What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
- Multi-fuel propulsion system. (00:12)
- Aerospace and medical applications, including the rapid transport of organs. (08:44)
- Space exploration and reusable rocket. (12:52)
- Space technology development and funding. (17:27)
- The challenges of developing new technology and the importance of a clear mission in space exploration. (23:31)
- Hypersonic aircraft design and development challenges. (34:51)
- Space Engine Systems works with Siemens. (42:58)
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Guest: Pradeep Dass
As a mechanical engineer with over 31 years of experience in the energy and aerospace and space sectors, Pradeep is a passionate and visionary leader who strives to innovate and create cutting-edge solutions for complex challenges. As the President and CTO of Space Engine Systems and CAN-K , he oversees the design and manufacture of subsurface, surface, and subsea twin screw multiphase pumps, as well as the development of the world’s lightest hypersonic reusable air breathing engine and space plane for aerospace and space applications. He is driven by the mission of advancing human exploration and discovery of aerospace, space, and Lunar Mission. He believes in leveraging his diverse expertise and background to foster a collaborative and inclusive culture within SES teams and organizations.
Host: Kevin Blevins
Kevin Blevins is the Portfolio Development Executive for SMB and Startup Companies and manages the Siemens Digital Industries Software Startup Program. He works with the Siemens sales organizations as well as Siemens Partners to engage and evangelize the Siemens Startup Program in the Americas. Kevin has spent more than 35 years in the Engineering and Manufacturing software industry. Prior to this he spent seven years in the automotive design industry. Kevin has been with Siemens for 33 years. During this time, he has held positions in Technical Support, Technical Sales Support Leadership, Sales Director for the Automotive Region, Partner Sales Executive, and his current position. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.
Established in 2011, Space Engine Systems (SES) is a Controlled Goods and AS 9100 D certified Canadian aerospace company that is pioneering the next generation of hypersonic Mach 5 transfer vehicles targeting payload delivery into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geo-synchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), Lunar Low Orbit and lunar surface, and Trans-Martian Orbit. SES is currently developing the Hello-1 and Hello-2 series of horizontal takeoff spaceplanes to provide the lowest cost of payload delivery into space, in the industry. The Hello-1 vehicle can deliver a payload of up to 550kg to LEO and 79kg to the Lunar Low Orbit. The successor vehicle, Hello-2, will be able to deliver 5,550kg to LEO, 1,650kg to Lunar Low Orbit, and 760kg to the lunar surface. To achieve these targets, SES is developing a light, reusable, multi-fuel, propulsion system, and airframe. In addition, numerous spin-off technologies are being developed such as novel heat exchangers, hypersonic defense products, turbine pumps for liquid hydrogen, cryogenic tanks for liquid hydrogen, and various other products. You can learn more at https://www.spaceenginesystems.com/
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