ASRC tests 3D printed propellant injector for RD-180 rocket engine successor

ASRC tests 3D printed propellant injector for RD-180 rocket engine successor

The ASRC (Arctic Slope Regional Corporation) Federal Technical Services division, part of the ASRC Alaska Native Corporation, has test-fired a 3D printed subscale propellant injector that could be used on United Launch Alliance’s replacement for the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine. ASRC tests its new 3D printed propellant injector (Image: ASRC) With the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine being phased out of U.S. rockets due to political tensions between D.C. and Moscow, the development of its replacement has become one of the most riveting storylines of contemporary space engineering. At present, Blue Origin—the Washington-headquartered aerospace company owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—is […]

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