NEWSWEEK: HYBRIDS IN SPACE—CRAFTING A SAFER, CHEAPER ROCKET FUEL

Unlike most rocket fuel, which is either solid or liquid (NASA’s current standard), Rocket Crafters’s is a hybrid: part solid, part liquid. The solid is acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). It’s the material Legos are made from, and surprisingly also makes for decent rocket fuel. The liquid is nitrous oxide, familiar to most Americans from whipped cream cans or the dentist’s chair but used in this case to aid combustion. The two ingredients are kept in different chambers of the rocket engine and gradually combined to produce thrust. Because the ABS and nitrous oxide are held separately and in different forms (solid and liquid), the odds of their accidental mixture and detonation are exceedingly low. The use of hybrid fuel also necessitates a hybrid engine, which is relatively simpler, and thus less expensive, than a liquid-fueled engine.

Florida Today: Rocket Crafters aiming for weekly launches

Florida Today, part of the USA Today news network, published a video in which Rocket Crafters Board Member Sean Mirsky talks about how RCI plans to use their patented 3D printed hybrid rockets to send small satellites to orbit on a weekly cycle as well as a written article titled “Space startup has patented fuel […]

Rocket Crafters planning ‘Ford F-150’ of rockets for Cape

Former astronaut, Air Force test pilot and Sandia National Laboratories director Sid Gutierrez is chairman and CEO of Rocket Crafters. His company is developing a hybrid engine and expendable rockets designed for low-cost launches for small satellites — which can be as small as toasters. Rocket Crafters got state tax incentives to move from Utah […]

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