Since NASA’s return to the Moon with the Artemis mission last year, the administration announced that its researchers had successfully developed and tested a new type of supersonic rocket engine, which it called a rotating detonation rocket engine.
The rotating engine rocket detonationor RDRE generates a detonation impact, whereby the supersonic exothermic front accelerates to produce the shock, the same way a shock wave travels through the atmosphere after something like TNT explodes. NASA’s design uses less fuel and provides more thrust than current propulsion systems and RDRE can be used to power manned landers, as well as missions for crewed crews. Moon, Marsand high
NASA test of RDRE featured 3D-parts made of a type of copper alloy called GRCop-42, which the agency developed. By test, the rocket they resisted the high temperatures and pressures generated by the detonation, producing over 4,000 pounds (1,814 kilograms) of impact in almost a minute.
NASA argues that the new rocket design can move more mass into deep space with less material, potentially making space travel more sustainable. With the successful tests, NASA engineers are now working on a fully reusable 10,000-pound (4,536 kilograms) RDRE for performance comparison to traditional liquid rocket engines.
NASA’s progress in RDRE represents space administrationcare of rocket technology to develop space travel more efficiently. earlier this week NASA announced a joint collaboration with DARPA to develop DRAGON; for short Demonstration of a rocket for Operation Agile Cislunar. DRACO would use a thermal nuclear engine for interplanetary travel, reducing travel time with more efficient propulsion technology.
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