University Students Launched A Rocket With Completely 3D-Printed Engine
Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:21 AM May 26 2016
University Students Launched A Rocket With Completely 3D-Printed Engine
3D-Printed Rocket Engine
Screenshot by author, from YouTube
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No one expects college kids to beat NASA to the punch. On Saturday, students at University of California San Diego launched a rocket with a completely 3D-printed engine. Students for the Exploration and Development of Space claims to be the first university group to do this. Watch it fly!

Here it is again, filmed from a drone.

Their rocket, dubbed Vulcan-1, is 19 feet long, 8 inches in diameter, and capable of 750 pounds of thrust. It's powered by a cryogenic combination of liquid oxygen and refined kerosene.

NASA's been working on 3D-printing rocket engines for some time now. Last winter they put some 3D-printed parts through a fiery test. The private space industry, too, is working on rockets with 3D printed components. In 2014, SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched with a 3D-printed valve. But as far as we know, this is the first time a completely 3D-printed rocket has blasted off.

However, as this one probably didn't make it to space, there are still many more firsts to come.

Watch the launch below:

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