The International Space Station (ISS) may get all the glory, but suborbital rocket flights still play a vital part in space research
The problem is that even though such flights only go to the edge of space, they are expensive, few in number, and put massive stresses on experiments. Partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign, students at Boston University are developing an inexpensive suborbital rocket for educational purposes that uses new engine designs to create a cheaper, reusable suborbital rocket that’s easier on the payload.
Currently, suborbital flights depend on NASA and a few companies that only fly about a hundred times a year at US$1 million a shot. In addition, because the disposable rockets use solid rocket motors, these flights pull 20 Gs of acceleration and produce massive vibrations that make them unsuitable for more delicate experiments.
Boston University Rocket Propulsion Group (BURPG) is an undergraduate group designed to give students hands-on engineering experience by designing and building suborbital rockets at a professional level. Its flagship project, Starscraper, has the goal of building an affordable, reusable suborbital rocket using a hybrid engine that would allow it to reach space without the acceleration and vibration of a solid booster.
The Latest on: Suborbital rocket
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The Latest on: Suborbital rocket
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- SpaceX Starhopper Takes a Giant Leapon September 2, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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- SpaceX releases video of Starhopper launch and landing teston August 29, 2019 at 7:26 am
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- Watch live: SpaceX to give Starhopper test flight another tryon August 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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