Vaya Space aims for flight operations next year with STAR-3D vortex hybrid engine

Vaya Space, a developing small satellite and technology company (formerly Rocket Crafters), is deep into the development of their STAR-3D vortex hybrid engine that will be used on the company’s Dauntless rocket. The company recently announced a multifaceted agreement with NASA for use of Kennedy Space Center and Stennis Space Center facilities for engine demonstration and testing as well as the signing of an exclusive launch contract with All2Space of Brazil for the launch of their CubeSat constellation as early as 2023. The missions announced for All2Space will launch on Vaya Space’s Dauntless rocket, a small satellite launcher capable of taking 610 kg to a 500 km Sun-synchronous orbit or up to 1,000 kg to a 200 km low Earth orbit. Dauntless stands 35 m tall, with stage one being 2.5 m in diameter while stage two is only 2.15 m in diameter. The fairing is likewise 2.15 m in diameter. Both stages will be powered by Vaya Space’s new vortex hybrid engine, the STAR-3D. This 3D printed solid-liquid propellant engine uses thermoplastics as a solid fuel that is only ignitable/combustible when in the presence of liquid oxygen (LOX) and given an ignition source. The engine has been static fired…

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Vaya Space aims for flight operations next year with STAR-3D vortex hybrid engine

Updated: July 23, 2022 — 10:27 am