Cosmos – All eyes recently have been on North Korea’s missile program, so few people realise that Australia, too, has recently test-fired a new rocket.
But while – thankfully – the rocket was not ignited to make any sort of bellicose point, it does mark a potentially major incursion of Australian technology into the global aerospace industry.
The new rocket engine has two unique features. First, it has an “aerospike” design, markedly different to the bell-shaped configurations of other rockets.
Second, the whole assembly was made using a 3D-printer.
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