Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Hawthorne’s Other Rocket Company |

SAN FRANCISCO — Microcosm President James Wertz, a professor and author of space reference tomes, points to history to explain the importance of the firm’s composite cryogenic fuel tanks. When Wernher von Braun began working on V-2 rockets in 1930s, metal fuel tanks were too heavy to fly. The German engineers solved the problem by building “remarkably thin-walled tanks and a turbopump with 10,000 high-speed moving parts,” Wertz said. “The merit of composites is that you can now make a very lightweight, very strong tank and use a pressure-fed system in order to get to orbit at much lower cost with a much smaller parts count.”

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