FIRST BATTERY POWERED ROCKET ENGINE
Auckland space technology company rocket lab has unveiled the world’s first battery powered rocket engine at the space symposium in the United States. The electron is an 18 meter long rocket designed to reduce the total time it take to launch a satellite into orbit from years to weeks. This is good news to the lovers of technology and the people going to space.
Rutherford engine is the world’s first battery powered rocket engine and the first new rocket propulsion system created in 50 years. Rutherford uses an entirely new electric propulsion cycle using electric motors, batteries and software to drive its turbo pumps, it is effective and efficient. it has more advantages than the previous ones and will be of much help since it doesn’t cost much.
The engine was produced using a 3-D printer. 3-D printers produce high quality parts made from titanium and alloys and reduced manufacturing hence increasing affordability. The space symposium has been relevant since 1984 and has attracted more and more visitors since then. Electron is capable of sending payloads of 110 kilograms into orbit.
Rocket Lab has private funders like Khosla Ventures, Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 Investment fund, Bessemer Venture partners and Lockheed Martin. They designed and manufacture missiles and fighter jets for the US military. Rocket lab plans to carry out at least 100 launches per year. Many people are waiting to see how Rutherford will progress and so many are willing and hoping to enjoy and have the opportunity to be part of the journey.