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Rocket Crafters
« on: 10/15/2012 05:46 PM »
Seen everywhere, for example at Doug's blog:

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DENVER (WATKINS), CO — October 10, 2012 (Spaceport Colorado PR) — Front Range Airport, home to the future Spaceport Colorado, signed a Letter of Intent with Rocket Crafters, Inc. for horizontal launch, dual-propulsion, suborbital flight operations at this “remote, but accessible” general aviation airport.

The Letter of Intent outlines a mutual intent to promote and develop Spaceport Colorado at Front Range Airport as the preferred commercial spaceport location in America’s heartland. Upon receipt of a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration, Rocket Crafters intends to locate certain pilot astronaut and mission specialist training activities at the spaceport. Rocket Crafters further plans to conduct test flights of its planned Sidereus and Cosmos Mariner suborbital flight vehicles between Spaceport Colorado and the proposed Neil Armstrong International Air & Space Center, Titusville, Florida.

Who are these people? I cannot find any mention of them at NSF, unless they cunningly renamed themselves from, ahem, Rocketplane.

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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #1 on: 10/15/2012 06:28 PM »
http://rocketcrafters.com/

I have seen the image below on some other site, many years ago, but it is on the Rocket Crafters site now.
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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #2 on: 10/15/2012 07:22 PM »
http://rocketcrafters.com/

I have seen the image below on some other site, many years ago, but it is on the Rocket Crafters site now.

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interesting.....
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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #3 on: 10/16/2012 09:07 PM »
"Cosmos Mariner" actually, was a duel-propulsion spaceplane designed by Lonestar Space Access (formerly Dynamica Research) that was a "contender" for the X-Prize but got no funding.

Not sure if these folks are related at all, their propulsion section mentions using hybrid motors, Lonestar was supposed to use a liquid LOX/Kero engine set.

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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #4 on: 10/17/2012 03:36 AM »
maybe some X- ATK people?

address is in Utah.

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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #5 on: 10/18/2012 06:11 PM »
maybe some X- ATK people?

address is in Utah.

It is amusing to note that a lot of the facilities pictured on their website are actually Utah State University facilities. There's actually an Altius student engineer (who was finishing up a masters degree out at USU) in one of their pictures even...

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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #6 on: 08/08/2017 03:33 AM »
Bump.... back in the news

DARPA contract...

http://www.satellitetoday.com/launch/2017/07/25/rocket-crafters-will-develop-hybrid-rocket-engine-darpa/

followed by more on the virtues of a hybrid, using ABS no less[1]. However the author is exceedingly sloppy, as you'll see if you read it... :)

http://www.satellitetoday.com/launch/2017/08/04/rocket-crafters-exec-advantages-hybrid-rocket-engines/

Hat tip to Gongora for finding this and nudging me to bump this thread.

1 - for the two[2] people that don't know this, ABS or Acrilonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is the plastic used in the manufacture of LEGO elements.
2 - ok, MAYBE 3 people didn't.
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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #7 on: 08/08/2017 03:45 AM »
ABS isn't just used for LEGO elements. It's also common in automotive applications and 3D printing. Smells bad compared to PLA, tho.

Correct. The LEGO Company didn't invent ABS. In fact it wasn't the first material they used, that would be CA (Cellulose Acetate)... after a while, they sought a replacement with better properties, and found it in ABS. Although ABS has many other uses, TLC's use is a significant share of the overall market.  But we digress. It's interesting to see them use this.
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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #8 on: 08/08/2017 03:53 AM »
Would this spacecraft fall into the category of a LEGO elements rocket?

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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #9 on: 08/08/2017 04:01 AM »
No! It's just made partly with ABS. Not all thngs made with ABS are LEGO elements, as Robotbeat pointed out. (in a post that I deleted, because I can)

Oh wait, you were funning.
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Re: Rocket Crafters
« Reply #10 on: 08/08/2017 06:55 AM »
Gilmour Space Technologies is also using 3D printed ABS as the fuel in their hybrid motors. They are using hydrogen peroxide for the oxidiser though instead of nitrous oxide.
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