Friday, May 30, 2014

SpaceX Draco Engines

Dragon V2’s revolutionary launch escape system, the first of its kind, will provide escape capability from the time the crew enters the vehicle all the way to orbit. Powered by SpaceX’s new SuperDraco engines, the system will enable Dragon V2 to land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter.

Dragon V2, SpaceX, Draco, rocket engines
 
The 8 SuperDracos will produce up to 120,000 pounds of axial thrust, and can be deep throttled during propulsive landing and restarted multiple times if necessary.

And also – they’re 3D printed in Inconel. When Dragon V2 flies, it will be the first time that a printed rocket engine sees flight.

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