Orbex has revealed its new rocket for the first time and it is one for the record invention. The Prime rocket sports the world’s largest 3D-printed rocket engine. It is also the first commercial rocket to work with bio-propan. And it will reduce the carbon emissions by 90 percent compared to conventional fuels.
The 3D printed rocket is produced in one single piece of high spec metal alloy. And this rocket has no joints. While, the rocket is up to 30 percent lighter and 20 percent more efficient than other similarly sized rockets. But this new one has better ability to fight high temperature and pressure.
World’s largest 3D-printed rocket
Well this world’s largest 3D-printed rocket is a two-stage rocket. The company presented Stage 2 while Stage 1 was still under wraps, although it is expected to be a reusable vehicle. Stage 2 is made from a specially formulated carbon fiber and aluminum composite mixture. It is printed in a single piece, so it doesn’t have any joints or welding that could weaken the rocket under extreme temperature and pressure fluctuations. The way it is built allows the rocket to be 30 percent lighter and 20 percent more efficient than other small launchers.
The 3D-printed rocket was produced with input from several partners, included 3D-printing company SLM Solutions and bottled butane and propane provide Calor. The finished rocket, complete with 3D-0printed rocket engine, will stand around 56 feet. That’s only around one quarter the size of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, but more than capable of carrying out its mission.
Small launchers are ideal to launch nano-satellites into Earth’s orbit. These nanosats are any satellite that weighs less than 10 kilograms. While other companies are investing in the development of smaller satellites instead of building massive ones. This is to save on the cost of actually sending stuff to space, which remains significant.