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Independent rocket manufacturer Skyrora is one of many companies leveraging additive manufacturing in the production of satellite launch vehicles. However, being headquartered in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, the company is one of the few contributing this expertise to the founding of civil space activity in the UK.
In its latest update, the company has announced that it intends to open a new engine test facility in Scotland. Dedicated to completing burn and gimbal tests of its 30kN rocket engine, the facility is a fundamental step toward a full rocket launch which is currently scheduled for Q4 2021.
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If this Q4 2021 launch is successful, Skyrora will make it into the record books as the first ever company to complete an orbital launch from western Europe.
“This is a huge milestone for Skyrora and marks the start of our test program for our larger engines,” comments Skyrora CEO and founder Volodymyr Levykin. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to develop our engine technologies so Skyrora can help make space more accessible for all.”
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“SKYRORA WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO ENSURE THE WORLD-CHANGING BENEFITS OF SPACE ARE REALIZED HERE IN THE UK AND IN EUROPE.”
Skyrora was founded in 2017. In the production of its engines and vehicles, the company uses a combination of traditional and additive manufacturing techniques. For this purpose, the company has reportedly developed a proprietary hybrid manufacturing system. Combining robotics, 3D printing and CNC milling, the system is currently at the prototype stage.
Rockets - Development - Skyrora - Skyrora - Launch
Two rockets are currently in development at Skyrora – the Skyrora 1 suborbital launch vehicle, and the Skyrora XL, made for orbital launches.
Making significant progress for the launch of the XL, a third-stage test firing was recently completed for the Leo, a precursor to the engine which will eventually propel the rocket into orbit. The Leo is tipped to be...
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