Pulsar Fusion, a leading innovator in the field of hybrid rocket technology, relies on the Polaris Ranger Diesel UTV to help with the testing and development of its rocket propulsion systems.
Founded in 2019 by entrepreneur and nuclear fusion researcher, Richard Dinan, Pulsar Fusion is a pioneering company at the forefront of hybrid rocket technology, aiming to revolutionise space exploration with its cutting-edge propulsion systems and groundbreaking research into clean energy applications from fusion energy.
The decision to adopt the Polaris Ranger UTV came after encountering unique challenges and requirements for their mobile testing rig, and the Ranger has proven to be the perfect candidate for their requirements. Previously, Pulsar Fusion relied on a Range Rover to tow their hybrid rocket feed system, however, after an unfortunate rear differential break, they were prompted to seek an alternative that offered a range of capabilities that perfectly complemented their testing operations.
“Rocket testing and fusion energy are not terms we commonly hear in the same sentence as Polaris Ranger, but that’s the beauty of the Ranger - it’s so versatile. When Pulsar contacted the dealership looking for a solution, it was great to be able to deliver something that’s so easily adapted to this niche use scenario.”
One of the key factors behind Pulsar Fusion’s choice of the Ranger Diesel was its class-leading 1,134kg towing capacity that ensures Pulsar Fusion can transport their heavy rocket test rig and feed systems to various, remote test locations without limitations. In addition to towing the rig, the vehicle also needed to have an exceptional ability to navigate challenging and remote military tracks that often present rough terrain. With the Ranger’s robust build, powerful engine, high ground clearance and features like on-demand all-wheel drive, it is able to tackle such environments with ease.
The Ranger’s open cargo bed allows for safe and secure transportation of gases required for their experiments – gases that could be hazardous if transported in closed spaces – as well as the ability to easily move spare tools and emergency fire and safety equipment with its impressive 720kg payload capacity. In the front, the full cab configuration fitted to the Ranger Diesel provides a fully enclosed and secure working environment to operate the firing controls. Featuring the Polaris Lock&Ride tip-out windshield, the crew can wire the controls into the cockpit, drive to a safe distance and fire the rockets with a protective screen to pull down, further enhancing existing safety protocols.
Pulsar Fusion’s use of the Ranger is not just limited to rocket testing. Back at their facility in Bletchley, the UTV is used for moving heavy vacuum components around the industrial estate with the large cargo bed and two added heavy-duty winches on the front and rear.
“We’ve carried out firings at COTEC with the Military of Defence and at the RAF base in Westcott, and the Ranger has been a perfect mobile feed system, almost as if it was designed with Pulsar in mind. We’ve got very specific requirements for what we need when it comes to testing equipment and operating safely around our facility, so having a vehicle like the Ranger that can be so easily adapted is a big bonus.”
For more information on Pulsar Fusion, please visit pulsarfusion.com