TITUSVILLE, FL. – (AUGUST 8, 2017) – Rocket Crafters, Inc. (RCI) and Coastal Steel Manufacturing, today announced a partnership to facilitate the development of RCI’s Hybrid Rocket Engine (HRE) D-DART. Coastal Steel Manufacturing plans to provide access and use of its adjacent property to its primary facility to Rocket Crafters for test firing its D-DART. Coastal […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DARPA awards Rocket Crafters contract to design, develop and test large-scale hybrid rocket engine Titusville, Fla. (July 25, 2017) — Rocket Crafters, Inc. (RCI) announced today it has been awarded a $542,600 research contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Under the terms of the agreement, RCI […]
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, 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 […]