3D-printed BE-7 engine from Blue Origin enables moon landing

Foto: Blue Origin The private space technology company Blue Origin of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is continuing its BE-7 engine program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. This week the program carried out the fourth thrust chamber test on its engine. The Hotfire tests serve to further validate the engine, which is being developed for … Read more

3D-printed rocket engines: the technology driving the private sector space race

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Oliver Hitchens, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey The volatile nature of space rocket engines means that many early prototypes end up embedded in dirt banks or decorating the tops … Read more

3D-printed rocket engines are powering the commercial space age

The volatile nature of space rocket engines means that many early prototypes end up embedded in dirt banks or decorating the tops of any trees that are unfortunate enough to neighbor testing sites. Unintended explosions are in fact so common that rocket scientists have come up with a euphemism for when it happens: rapid unscheduled … Read more

Rocket Lab’s next launch will deliver 30 satellites to orbit — and a 3D-printed gnome from Gabe Newell – TechCrunch

Rocket Lab’s next mission will put dozens of satellites into orbit using the launch company’s Kick Stage “space tug,” as well as a 3D-printed garden gnome from Valve Software’s Gabe Newell. The latter is a test of a new manufacturing technique, but also a philanthropic endeavor from the gaming industry legend. Scheduled for no earlier … Read more

parts 3D-printed from ESD PEKK ‘make aircraft cheaper, lighter, and faster to build’

Additive manufacturing allows parts-makers to take advantage of advanced materials. Images: Northrop Grumman Following is an edited article posted to the Northrop Grumman website. Titled “ESD PEKK: The Additive Acronym of Advanced Aerospace Manufacturing,” the author is Doug Bonderud. Higher. Further. Faster. This is the cognitive drumbeat of aerospace innovation, embodied as the quest to … Read more