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
- Facing pandemic, NASA shutters rocket factory, halts SLS and Orion testingon March 19, 2020 at 10:50 pm
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- Rocket launch capabilities progresson March 19, 2020 at 6:00 am
who are focusing on both suborbital launch capability and looking to develop an orbital launch system. Across the Tasman, Rocket Labs, a US company that launches from New Zealand, has so far launched ...
- Successful Hover Test for EXOS Aerospace's SARGE Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicleon March 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm
EXOS — a Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (SRLV ... The only difference from an actual launch is the rocket is commanded to fly to an altitude of only a few meters above its current altitude. Such ...
- The Kickstarter Space Cannonon March 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm
As far as space travel and Kickstarter is concerned, we’ve seen crowdfunding projects for satellites in low earth orbit, impacting the moon, and even a project for a suborbital rocket.
- Watch Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket come together with these behind-the-scenes videoson March 16, 2020 at 2:03 pm
BE-3U is a variant of the BE-3PM engine already flown on the suborbital New Shepard rocket, Blue Origin said in a YouTube video, but the new engine uses heat in a different way. The heat that drives ...
- The fastest rocket ever built is up for auctionon March 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm
It’s not often you have the opportunity to buy the fastest suborbital object ever created ... That’s the day an authentic Kholod rocket is going up on the auction block. This rocket is the ...
- Launch industry puts emergency plans in place for coronavirus, but missions so far remain on scheduleon March 10, 2020 at 2:06 pm
Employees telework and are only asked to conduct essential travel. Preparations for the first flight of the New Shepard suborbital rocket continue as planned. “Fortunately New Shepard can fly with a ...
- Rocket Report: Psyched up for Falcon Heavy, another SLS launch delayon March 6, 2020 at 4:00 am
That no company won the challenge underscores how difficult it remains to build rockets—even small ones—and put them into orbit rapidly. DARPA has been pushing this capability for a long time, dating ...
- Fourth launch of SARGE suborbital rocket failson March 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm
SARGE stands for Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) and is a Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (SRLV) from Exos Aerospace. Built on the STIG B platform, SARGE is a Liquid Oxygen ...
- Rocket Report: Sweden launches suborbital rocket, Mad Mike dies in accidenton February 28, 2020 at 4:06 am
(submitted by whiteknave) Sweden successfully launches suborbital rocket. On February 19, the Swedish National Space Agency launched its SPIDER-2 rocket to an altitude of 120km into an aurora.
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