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Launcher (company)

Launcher (company)

Brooklyn based company developing 3D printed rocket engines

LAUNCHER is a Brooklyn-based company developing space flight vehicles and 3D printed rocket engines capable of delivering small satellite payloads to low earth orbit. Founded by Livestream entrepreneur Max Haot , in 2017 with the goal of lowering costs for launching small satellites into orbit. LAUNCHER is currently developing its first rocket model, the Rocket-1 powered by its E-2 engine.

LAUNCHER is slated to begin full scale test flights of the Rocket-1 in 2024 . Pending successful testing the Rocket-1 will enter commercial service in 2026 .

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Rocket-1

The Rocket-1 stands 20 meters tall with a diameter of 1.7m. It has a payload capacity of 773kg to 200km orbit or 400kg to 500km orbit . The Rocket-1 features a two-stage design featuring four E-2 engines in the first stage and one vacuum sealed E-2 engine in the second stage. The flight of the Rocket-1 will take 6 minutes at a speed of 26,500 km/h to reach its payload altitude before delivering the satellite to orbit . The Rocket-1 is being developed with the goal of achieving the highest ratio of payload to rocket mass in the industry.

E-2 Engine

The E-2 engine is being developed by Chief Designer Igor Nikishchenko . The E-2 utilizes a single part design. It is 3D printed copper alloy by AMCM. The 3D printed design was developed to increase performance and reduce manufacturing costs . The E-2 uses liquid oxygen/kerosene (RP-1) as propellant to generate 10 tonne-force of thrust . The development of the E-2 started with Launcher’s E-1 small scale, proof-of-concept engine. After over 100 successful test firings, the company moved to full scale tests of the E-2. The first E-2 engines were delivered for testing in February 2019.

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Eric Berger
June 4, 2021
Ars Technica
"Listen to customers, don't listen to pundits and market analysts."
Eric Berger
June 2, 2021
Ars Technica
"Compared to our competitors, we are in the kindergarten of fundraising."
Eric Berger
November 13, 2020
Ars Technica
"The market needs to evolve. It's a tough business."
Eric Berger
November 9, 2020
Ars Technica
The company is making progress, completing a series of component tests in October.

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