This Rocket Engine’s Thrust Chamber was 3D-printed and Only has Three Parts

This week, European engineers hot-fire tested a fully 3D-printed thrust chamber that could one day power the upper stages for…

9 months ago

Every Part of Blue Origin’s New Glenn Rocket is Gigantic, Including its Nose Cone

Massive. Enormous. Huge. Gigantic. And whatever other words you find in the thesaurus all do the job when it comes…

12 months ago

A New Kind of Rocket that’s Lightweight and Easier to Construct: a Rotating Detonating Engine. Unfortunately, it’s Also Completely Unpredictable

A new type of engine - known as the rotating detonation engine - could revolutionize rocketry and make space exploration…

1 year ago

Watch NASA Test an SLS Tank to Destruction

By the time a rocket actually launches, it's components have been through a ton of rigorous testing. That's certainly true…

1 year ago

Japan’s First Private Rocket Flies to Space

Have you heard of Interstellar Technologies? They're the latest private company to launch their own rocket into space. They're a…

2 years ago

This is How NASA Releases Almost Half a Million Gallons of Water in 60 Seconds

To keep the extremely powerful Space Launch System safe during launch, NASA has developed the IOP/SS (Ignition Overpressure Protection and…

2 years ago

Engineers Propose a Rocket that Consumes Itself as it Flies to Space

A team of engineers from the University of Glasgow and the Ukraine have proposed a self-eating rocket as a way…

3 years ago

Launching Rockets from Balloons is About to be a Thing, But We Need a Better Name than “Rockoons”

A new company is developing a hybrid rocket-balloon system to launch microsatellites cheaply from high altitude.

3 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 483: Stopping in Space

It's one thing to get from Earth to space, but sometimes you want to do the opposite. You want to…

3 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 479: Rockets pt. 1 – What Does “Single Stage To Orbit” Really Mean?

To celebrate the launch of the Falcon Heavy, we figured it was time for an all new series, this time…

3 years ago