New salt-based propellant proven compatible in dual-mode rocket engines

[ad_1] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign associate professor Joshua Rovey, left, talks about electric propulsion system testing with AE graduate students Nick Rasmont and Matt Klosterman Credit: University of Illinois Department of Aerospace Engineering For dual-mode rocket engines to be successful, a propellant must function in both combustion and electric propulsion systems. Researchers from the […]

Rocket Report: Iranian launch failure, SpaceX rideshare business booming

[ad_1] Enlarge / The Electron launch vehicle is ready to soar. Welcome to Edition 2.13 of the Rocket Report! There continues to be no shortage of news about rideshare launches this week, and it appears as though SpaceX has really shaken up the smallsat industry with its new—and changing—plans to launch satellites for a very […]

Behind the scenes at Earth's most beautiful rocket launch site

[ad_1] Enlarge / Whatever angle you’d prefer, New Zealand offers some pretty good views… Trevor Mahlmann MAHIA PENINSULA, New Zealand—Not a blade of grass longer than the rest, a red “Remove Before Flight” tag unchecked, or a single Kiwi (be it bird or engineer) out of place: Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex-1 looks like an industry […]

Behind the scenes at Earth's most beautiful rocket launch site

[ad_1] Enlarge / Whatever angle you’d prefer, New Zealand offers some pretty good views… Trevor Mahlmann MAHIA PENINSULA, New Zealand—Not a blade of grass longer than the rest, a red “Remove Before Flight” tag unchecked, or a single Kiwi (be it bird or engineer) out of place: Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex-1 looks like an industry […]

Rocket fuel and 3-D printing

[ad_1] Rocket launch in the US. Credit: James Cook University James Cook University scientists in Australia are using 3-D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they’ve built to test the fuels. JCU lecturer in mechanical engineering Dr. Elsa Antunes led the study, which made use of the revolutionary and rapidly […]