Orbex will print the rocket engine using 3D technology
Aerospace company Orbex presented to the world its new development – a copy of the rocket engine, which will be printed on a 3D printer. According to the engineers, the prototype already exists, and is now on the test site of the company in the UK. It is noteworthy that the implementation of this task became possible only thanks to the won tender from the state in the amount of 7.2 million dollars for the creation of this type of engine. Orbex motor can become really one of the brightest technologica breakthroughs of recent times. It will be able to carry missiles of any weight and complexity into orbit and sub-orbit due to its two properties. First, this device is created on an industrial 3D printer as a single, one-piece object, and secondly, it is fed through a central carbon tank with biopropane.
How Orbex brings 3D printing from labs to field conditions
Thus, the prototype is both inexpensive, durable and efficient compared to other existing engine models. Interestingly, the biopropane, which will run the motor, in its qualities is absolutely similar to conventional propane, but is produced by processing of agricultural and industrial waste – this greatly reduces the cost of fuel. As for 3D printer, everything is much more remarkable than it may seem.
Orbex has long been exploring the possibility of producing complex designs using 3D printers and has achieved some success in this field. The current Orbex prototype is based on such 3D technology that allows the engine to be simultaneously modified using other tools and to be resistant to deformation. Meanwhile, Roscosmos and the European Space Agency agreed on what the new martian rover will be called. After much thought, the fruit of cooperation between the two organizations decided to call Rosalind-Franklin. Now Rover is at the stage of conceptual assembly, engineers plan to send it to
Mars in 2021. His main task will be to study whether there was once life on Mars or not. In addition, the researchers hope to finally find out whether at least some life in the bowels of the planet still glimmers. The creation of rover was the result close cooperation between ESA and Roscosmos in the framework of ExoMars project, which was aimed at identifying new information and secrets of geology of the Red Planet. In 2016, Trace Gas satellite was already launched on Mars, and it is through it that scientists plan to receive data from the new rover to Earth.
About the technical characteristics of the device is not yet known, but the developers have already shared information that a modern laboratory will be on the rover board with a variety of tools for the study of geological data. In addition, the new assistant of earthlings can be equipped with a completely new drilling system to really great depth.
All past ESA research missions have in fact been a systematization and compilation of statistics, but now we are talking about an entirely new project that can greatly enhance our knowledge of Mars and its past.