Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Zealand: Center of Space Exploration?

Interesting.

I had no idea that there was so much launch activity going on there.  However, I can see the advantages of having a launch location in the middle of the ocean, where you can launch in pretty much any direction and still be over water for an emergency abort.

And the new rocket design sounds very interesting:
So a low cost 3D printed engine, big battery driving an electric high pressure pump, low pressure tank of kerosene at ambient temperature and one tank of cryo LOX. Wrapped and stacked. Then launch it. Maybe add a few R.Pi (power equivalent, hardened) boards for control and telemetry and a few electric actuators on control surfaces and you are “good to go”.
I think the era of cheap frequent access to space has finally started. In New Zealand… 

2 comments:

ASM826 said...

So New Zealand has an ICBM. And they are describing how they made it.

burt said...

I think they got the idea from an old TV show named "Salvage 1"...