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Spacex to test reusable stage combustion raptor rocket engine in 2014

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Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2013 01:53 AM by AlexMuller

SpaceX plans to begin testing components of a methane-fueled engine called Raptor at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi early 2014. SpaceX will perform these tests at Stennis’ E-2 test facility, which will require an upgrade to accommodate the full Raptor engine — a closed-loop methane-oxygen concept SpaceX is working on for missions to deep space. The upgrades would be funded by SpaceX, NASA and the Mississippi Development Authority. SpaceX’s Raptor engine is designed to generate more than 661,000 pounds of thrust in a vacuum.

 
The current Raptor concept “is a highly reusable methane staged-combustion engine that will power the next generation of SpaceX launch vehicles designed for the exploration and colonization of Mars,” Shanklin said. “The Raptor engine currently in development is the first in what we expect to be a family of engines.”
 
Staged combustion, also called closed-loop combustion, will be a new trick for SpaceX. The company’s Merlin family of kerosene-fueled rocket engines, currently in use on its Falcon 9 rocket, use an open-cycle, gas-generator configuration. Given identical fuel-oxidizer mixtures and propellant flow volumes, a closed-loop engine is more efficient than one with an open loop configuration. 

Tags: spacespaceXrocketcommercial spaceflightRaptor engineMarsMars colonization

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-05
+2
The issues of energy and fuel are the major ones. Any improvements will be a great help in space explorations and colonisation
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-05
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SpaceX had already made history as the world's first privately held company to send a cargo payload, carried on the Dragon spacecraft, to the International Space Station Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-05
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Competition in space explorations need to be balanced by collaborations - this is all very, very expensive Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-05
+1
Space X is doing great. Besides NASA contracts, SpaceX has signed contracts with private sector companies, non-American government agencies and the American military for its launch services
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-05
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Space X is well connected. Space X is working with NASA for a long time. In 2006 NASA awarded the company a Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contract for a long time. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-05
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NASA is going to do well with getting commercial partners and Spacex is a good choice to build this trend Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-02-18
+0
Wat prachtig om dit alaamlel van zo "dichtbij" mee te kunnen maken! Dank!Vraag: hoe zorg je ervoor dat de ESA-vlag (?) die je achter je hebt hangen tijdens interviews, strak blijft staan in gewichtloosheid? Ik zie namelijk geen spanlijnen ofzo. Reply


 

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