An interesting version of the mini-rocket was presented by Orbex Space. The device is called Orbex Prime, and soon the prototype will be sent into orbit from a spaceport in Scotland.
What distinguishes this rocket from conventional models is thatIt is designed with environmental requirements in mind. Therefore, biopropane (biofuel), which has a low carbon content, is used as fuel, and the engine is generally printed on a 3D printer.
As Orbex CEO Chris Lamour notes, in order to ensure the rocket's environmental friendliness and performance, the company had to innovate in many areas.
Prime will be used for operational services for the orbital launch of small, micro and nanosatellites.
For example, as noted by Lamour, very light fuel tanks were developed specifically for Orbex Prime, as well as low-mass reuse technology.
However, the spaceport from which the rocket will be launched is also not as simple as it seems. Sutherland was built in Scotland in 2022 and is also environmentally friendly.
The spaceport site is carbon-neutral. The object will be launched at the end of the year.
Interestingly, after such intriguing news, Elon Musk tensed a little?