A Scottish Launch Company Just Tested A ‘Green’ Rocket Engine That Uses Waste Plastic As Fuel
U.K. launch startup Skyrora has tested a new rocket engine that uses "greener" fuel in the form of waste plastic, as it moves towards its planned first orbital launch in 2022. Edinburgh-based Skyrora said it had successfully tested its 3D-printed “eco liquid-fuel rocket engine” last week at a test site in Fife, Scotland. The 3.5kN Leo engine is designed to be used on the company’s planned Skyrora XL rocket.
Launch startup Skyrora successfully tests 3D-printed rocket engines powered by plastic waste
Rocket launch startup Skyrora, an Edinburgh-based company that’s developing a new launch vehicle for small satellites, has successfully tested its new rocket engines in their first stationary ground-firings, a huge step on the way toward developing their launch vehicle. Skyrora’s rocket engines are novel not only in their use of 3D printing, but also because the fuel that powers them is developed from plastic waste — a new type of fuel called “Ecosene” the startup says makes its launch vehicles greener and more ecologically sound than the competition.
Scotland-based Skyrora tests 3D printed rocket engine and eco-fuel
Scottish company Ecosene has developed a technology capable of transforming plastic waste—which would otherwise end up in a landfill—into fuel. The novel process is reportedly capable of turning 1,000 kg of plastic waste into 600 kg of kerosene fuel in just 24 hours. Understandably, the prospect has grabbed the interest of the space industry.
Skyrora unveils ground-breaking rocket technology and moves onto testing phase
Scottish-based company reveals 3D printed liquid bi-propellant rocket engine Edinburgh, XX December 2019: Skyrora, a pioneering space launch company, has unveiled its newly built 3D printed 30kN (kilonewton) liquid bi-propellant rocket engine.
The 17th Reinventing Space Conference and Exhibition
The 17th Reinventing Space Conference and Exhibition was an interesting an innovative event that served as an opportunity to learn about new ideas in the space sector, in Northern Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond. We attended as exhibitors, speakers and panelists, covering a range of themes from our propulsion technology to careers in the space sector.
Space Tech Expo Europe – Bremen, Germany
The 3rd Space Tech Expo, Europe’s largest B2B space event, took place from 17th – 19th November in Bremen. Skyrora were exhibiting at the conference and CEO Volodymyr Levykin participated in a panel alongside Rocket Lab, Firefly and Exolaunch, discussing small launch services and the specific barriers present.