Britain is preparing to launch a rocket into space for the first time in 50 years

Ракета Orbex

Orbex is a privately held British company that has been operating in the field of launching low-cost orbital satellites for seven years. Its latest development is the prototype of the reusable Prime rocket, which will soon launch for the first time from Sutherland in the north of Scotland.

Being one of the leaders in the field of space technology, the UK, however, has not carried out orbital launches from its territory for more than 50 years.

Everything changed with the formation of the market for launching small satellites of the CubeSats class, which has been growing rapidly in recent years. Orbex’s reusable two-stage Prime launch vehicle is focused on it. Its length is 19 meters, the rocket is equipped with seven engines made using 3D printers (6 in the first stage and 1 in the second) jointly by specialists from the UK and Denmark. The fuel used is environmentally friendly biopropane.

Prime is currently installed on the launch pad, where it will undergo a series of ground pre-launch tests. As soon as it is ready, with its help, a series of small satellites will be launched into low-Earth orbit. The first start of Prime should take place at the end of this year.

Source – Orbex

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