Tuesday, 21 April 2015

"World's first battery-powered rocket" readied for launch

Though there have been tremendous advances in space technology in recent years, when it comes to getting into space, we're still like cavemen trying to get beyond the breakers on a floating log – at least, that's the view of New Zealand-based company Rocket Lab. In the hopes of increasing the number of satellite launches to over 100 a year and placing constellations of small satellites into orbit numbering in the thousands, the company has developed a "battery-powered" rocket engine to lift its Electron launch vehicle at almost a tenth of the cost of conventional boosters. .. Continue Reading "World's first battery-powered rocket" readied for launch

Section: Space

Tags: Electric, Launch, New Zealand, Rocket

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This isn't a battery-powered rocket. It's powered by RP-1 and liquid oxygen like a lot of other rockets. I don't see how using batteries to run the electronics is especially revolutionary.

The fact that they're pitching this as some kind of new technology makes me very dubious about the whole scheme.