Rocket Lab Successfully Launches First Mission for NASA

Rocket Lab’s year has been bookended nicely with successful launches. The startup, which uses 3D printing for its rockets’ primary components, including the engine, launched its second rocket and reached…

Rocket Lab and its 3D Printed Rockets Look Toward a Prolific Future

Rocket Lab started off 2018 with quite a bang, launching its partially 3D printed Electron rocket from its New Zealand launch site in January. This was the second launch and first…

Skyrora Uses Advanced Manufacturing, 3D Printing for Soon-to-Launch Rocket

In recent years, small satellites, or smallsats, have been in high demand. Less expensive and easier to launch than a full-sized satellite, smallsats and CubeSats can be launched into space…

Partially 3D Printed Rocket Lab Electron Vehicle Successfully Reaches Orbit and Deploys Payloads

For as long as humans have been self aware, they have been pondering the future. The visions generally seem to run along one of two tracks. The first is a…

History Made as 3D Printed Engine Launches Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket into Space

All week, New Zealanders have been waiting to see if their country would become the 11th one to reach outer space with a cargo-carrying vehicle. Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket, equipped with…

Rocket Lab Prepares to Launch First Electron Rocket with 3D Printed Rutherford Engines

Two years ago, New Zealand company Rocket Lab announced that they had developed  the world’s first battery-powered rocket, and that the engine would be almost entirely 3D printed. This week or next, that…

US Government Authorizes Moon Express to Send Robotic Spacecraft with 3D Printed Components to the Moon in 2017

Could it really be possible that within the next decade, you can actually book a flight to the moon? Naveen Jain, the co-founder of privately funded commercial space company Moon…

Small Companies Use 3D Printing to Carry Space Exploration to New Heights

We write about CubeSats at 3DPrint.com a lot, for a few reasons. One, they’re often 3D printed, at least partially. Two, there’s never before been anything quite like them – small,…

Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket Launch System & 3D Printed Rutherford Engine to Blast Off Later This Year

Like many humans—and especially because I spend so much time writing on the subjects—I’m often inclined to float away in daydream mode thinking of the expansiveness of space, our travel…

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