• 3D printing engines

    From Snidely@21:1/5 to All on Wed Sep 1 18:04:57 2021
    From <https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/08/rocket-factory-augsburg-tests-2022-debut/>
    "The same engine design on the first stage will be used as an upper
    stage engine, with a modified nozzle for vacuum operations. The goal
    for this upper stage is 350 seconds of specific impulse for the vacuum
    engine. The engines for the first and second stages will be 3D

    What gets 3D printed besides the nozzle? The combustion chamber?
    Injector plates?

    If I understand what Relativity Space is doing, /they/ may be printing
    the internal parts of the turbo pumps, as well as housings. <URL:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz165f1g8-E>
    (They are also printing the tanks, of course)

    Both SpaceX and Blue Origin do some 3D printing, but I've only seen
    engine bells specifically mentioned.


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