DIYRockets starts a challenge to build open source, 3D-printed rocket engines

Written by Digital News on . Posted in News from the Web

DIYRockets starts a challenge to build open source, 3D-printed rocket engines

DIYRockets believes that our chances of advancing space exploration improve when everyone can lend a hand. The company is putting its money where its mouth is by launching a competition to develop 3D-printed rocket motors using Sunglass' cloud design platform. Teams who sign up have to build an engine that could boost a nanosatellite-level payload into low Earth orbit using 3D-printed steel and other safe materials. The only major stipulations are that creators present a good business case and open-source their creations to help out other builders. DIYRockets' prize strategy reflects its for-the-greater-good ambitions: there's a $5,000 award for the best motor, but there are separate $2,500 prizes for both a student creation and the design that contributes the most to the industry. Registration officially starts on March 9th, and runs until April 6th, with the finished models due on June 1st. We'll be closer to a crowdsourced vision of space when the winners are revealed by July 1st.

Filed under: Transportation, Science

Comments

Source:DIYRockets

Read more http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/08/diyrockets-and-sunglass-start-a-challenge-to-make-3d-printed-rockets/

facebook-48twitter-48youtube-48RSS Feed

Member Login

          Forgot login?