Miniature Rocket Engine Is the Future of Space Tech
Latest disruptive space technology might be a battery-operated rocket engine. A defense research company based in New Zealand and the US, Rocket Lab has been exploiting the growing power of small batteries in developing a new rocket they are calling the ‘Electron’.
The company said that it would spend $4.9M in order to launch small payloads that could be up to 100 kilograms in outer space. Peter Beck, the company’s CEO, said that they have 30 launch commitments and was aiming to launch monthly from its site in 2016 and weekly by the year 2017, if the demand would keep up.
For the record, an average weight of 2,097 kilograms is how much a satellite usually weighs. This new project is aiming to become the new generation of satellites, miniature satellites that could be weighing two kilograms that a few entrepreneurs would be creating for global internet network in the future.
The engine behind the company’s engine, Rutherford, has a promise of making the parts cheaper. Turbopump is the heart of the rocket engine. This is the mechanism that will deliver fuel to the combustion chamber of the engine using ultra high pressure needed for producing a massive force in order to lift the small rocket, along with its payload, into outer space, making the turbopump always under pressure and stress.