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posted by martyb on Thursday April 16 2015, @02:42PM   Printer-friendly
from the no-sign-of-dilithium-crystals dept.

The New Zealand based commercial space company Rocket Lab has unveiled their new rocket engine which the media is describing as battery-powered. It still uses fuel, of course, but has an entirely new propulsion cycle which uses electric motors to drive its turbopumps.

To add to the interest over the design, it uses 3D printing for all its primary components. First launch is expected this year, with commercial operations commencing in 2016.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Thursday April 16 2015, @03:55PM

    by ikanreed (3164) on Thursday April 16 2015, @03:55PM (#171629)

    Oh, too bad. Sorry.

    I don't mean to lie to people.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday April 16 2015, @05:36PM

    by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Thursday April 16 2015, @05:36PM (#171665) Journal

    I made the same mistake when I read the headline. "Electric rocket" is shocking terminology.

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