The installation of satellites on the earth’s orbit is often associated with large-scale rocket launching into the launch pad aircraft. Hypersonix Launch Systems, the start of Australian aviation engineering, is now trying to come up with a new way to do that.
The solution to it? The spacecraft is noisy with green fuel and is made of 3D printed materials.
Named Delta Velos, the space shuttle is manufactured by a company based in Sydney, Australia in partnership with the University of Sydney.
The single-generation aircraft is currently under production and is being tested at the University of Sydney campus engineering campus in Darlington.
When it is ready, it promises to solve two major problems with today’s space flight. First, it will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during rocket removal. Second, it will improve the production process, using different materials in the periodic table and new ways to use them.
With this novel production, the launch will be assisted by a team of engineers led by Professor Simon Ringer of the University of Sydney.
The team will produce parts of the fuselage and Delta scramjet engine Works using advanced 3D printers. These printers will select additional production technology, which will also allow for a combination of different materials from the periodic table to new alloys.
‘This is a completely new way of doing metallurgical materials. It’s different in the environment, it’s different in the steel industry, “Prof Ringer told AAP in an interview.
“We can create shapes and designs in 3D that we would not have done before. You can let your imagination run wild,” he added.
The ability will allow the team to build and test new alloys that may have some useful properties such as high-temperature power, which is essential for space travel.
When ready, the hypersonic spacecraft will send small satellites to orbit using the world’s first 3D printed scramjet engine. However, it is not the target yet. Before building a real spacecraft, Hypersonix plans to test the scramjet engine in vehicles with proof of concept.
With this, it will launch model aircraft using a single hydrogen-powered engine, a distance of 500 km. The real Delta Velos will use six of these green engines during flight.
The use of a hydrogen engine in aerospace will allow Hypersonix to write its name in the history books, as such an engine can emit water as a product during a fire, and there is no carbon emissions at all. The day it will be made truly will change the game in the aerospace industry.