Novel low cost rocket engine

Atea-1 launch vehicle

“The Atea-1 is designed (to) travel to an altitude of 120 kilometres – space starts at 100 kilometres – then return to earth in a sub-orbital ballistic curve, to be recovered from a splashdown at sea. It has a payload of just two kilograms…The Atea-1 is almost entirely constructed from lightweight carbon fibre composites…The rocket generates the equivalent of 3200 horsepower from a rocket engine weighing just 13kg…Rocket Lab’s key development is its unique fuel formulation that took two years to develop. The fuel is polymer based and suspended in a solid form. It only burns in the presence of an oxidiser – liquid nitrous oxide”

This launch vehicle has been designed and created in New Zealand by a company called Rocket Lab.

 

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