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3D printed space rocket engine will BLAST OFF from Scotland in 2021

Written by David

February 8, 2019

(Image: Orbex) Orbex, a rocket company which plans to develop and launch vehicles from a brand new base in has opened its headquarters in Forres, Moray. The firm has also unveiled a 3D printed rocket engine to propel cargo into space. The 3D printing technology has produced what the company claims is the world’s largest 3D printed rocket engine. The engine, the company said, is manufactured in a single piece without any joins. That means it’s stronger and less likely to suffer from weaknesses in the joins and around welds. The rocket itself is built from specially-formulated lightweight carbon fibre and an aluminium composite. The company says it is scheduled to launch in 2021 carrying an experimental payload from Surrey Satellite Technology LTD. The design is also engineered to work with bio-propane which is a cleaner, renewable energy source than most rocket fuels. The goal is to cut carbon […]

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