When it comes to making a rocket (and in fact whenever you want to put something in space) size and weight are two of the most important factors. In order to alleviate the burden as much as possible, new methods and technologies are always being sought to help do so. One of the main components that have the most weight? The fuel. Hence, in Japan, they are experimenting with new propellants that consume less.
As reported by the Japanese space agency JAXA, they have successfully tested a new rocket-powered by a rotary detonation engine. It is a special propellant that uses shock waves to propel itself, produced by burning methane and oxygen. By detonating explosions in a controlled manner in a circular pattern, a boost is produced that is much more efficient by using less fuel. Also, Read – Xiaomi 12 comes with a triple 50 MP camera & a most curious design.
We have previously seen the odd laboratory experiment. However, now Japan has gone one step further, testing the technology from miles high. The engine was mounted on the S-520-31 rocket, launched on July 27, 2021, from JAXA’s Uchinoura space center in Japan. Also, Read – 10 interesting things about Elon Musk that you probably didn’t know!
Once the rocket reached the proper height, the rotary detonation system was separated from the first stage of the rocket. From there it proceeded to activate for a total of 6 seconds making rotating detonations. After that, a second pulse detonation system ran for two seconds. Finally, a capsule with the collected telemetry data and videos fell into the ocean to be later collected by the authorities. Also, Read – 4 reasons to use DuckDuckGo instead of Google
Japan Rotary Detonation Rocket Engine: More boost, less fuel
Now that the test has been successful, JAXA says it will proceed to analyze in detail all the data collected during the experiment. This will allow it to continue researching and developing rocket engines much more efficiently than the current ones, specially designed for long trips such as deep space, where the important thing is to minimize weight as much as possible. Also, Read – Samsung joins the trend of expanding the RAM of its mobiles with an update
According to JAXA, the rotary knock engine generates knock waves and compression waves at “extremely high” frequencies, thereby achieving greater thrust. On the other hand, the system uses much less fuel than a traditional one as it is not detonating continuously. Hence, it is considered efficient, because it uses less fuel and at the same time generates more momentum. Also, Read – How To Improve Fertility: 8 Simple And Effective Tips By Experts To Increase Your Fertility
The difficulty with these thrusters is getting them to work. On paper the theory works, when it comes to putting it into practice it is much more difficult, especially in the extreme conditions in which a rocket is found crossing the atmosphere or in space. For now, Japan can boast of having managed to operate the first rotary detonation engine in space, which is no small feat. Also, Read – Upgrading to Windows 11: compatibility, pricing, and everything we know so far