SpaceX Reveals 3D-Printed Rocket Engine PartsSpaceX Reveals 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Parts
August 19, 2014
3D printing for rocket engines is making a lot of headlines lately. In the last few weeks, we've told you about Aerojet Rocketdyne building and hot-firing a 3D-printed rocket engine and NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors that perform better than welded ones. Now SpaceX has revealed details about its use of 3D printing in the SuperDraco thruster engine for the Dragon Spacecraft, as well as in one of the Falcon 9 rocket's engines.
The SuperDraco thruster engine is an advanced version of the current Draco engine that's used in SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to maneuver in orbit and during re-entry. SuperDracos will be used on the crewed version of the next-generation Dragon Version 2 spacecraft. There, they will power the vehicle's launch escape system, which is completely integrated into the spacecraft.
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