We ran a test yesterday to see if we could ignite a composite propellant engine with just the spark from the igniter. As suspected, that didn’t work because the spark doesn’t generate enough heat for this application.
Another test was to see if the electric spark igniter would ignite the ignition wires that come with the Aerotech composite engines which normally hook up to a 12V system. As expected, that didn’t work because those wires just conduct the electricity with no spark created and our system uses a lower voltage than a car battery.
For those wanting to launch composite engines using the electric spark igniter, the BlueHeat Ignition wires are easy to make. We don’t plan on selling them due to the complexities involved in international shipment of the ignition mixture, so if you want to make them yourself to use with our electric spark igniter then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to share the secret recipe if you haven’t already figured it out from the photos above.