The Vulcain 2.1 rocket engine, which features 3D printed parts, has been successfully test-fired at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The Vulcain 2.1 powers the main stage of the Ariane 6, a satellite launch vehicle that will be sent into space by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2020. Like the rest of Ariane 6, The […]
Four months after launch on the Ariane 5 spacecraft June 1 2017, the Airbus-made EUTELSAT 172B satellite has reached geostationary orbit 35,786 kilometres above the Earth’s equator. Reaching the determined position was achieved by electrical as opposed to chemical propulsion, making it the fastest electric orbit raising (EOR) to date. Construction of the craft has been aided […]
The next generation of spacecraft, looking beyond 2030, will be powered by a rocket engine using breakthrough technology.
The Prometheus is a liquid oxygen (LOx)-methane engine. It …