Closing $140m in funding is now done by Rocket Lab for 3D Printing powered innovations
It's going to disrupt it.
Rocket Lab, one of the private aerospace manufacturers in US known for its capabilities in engine production by Additive manufacturing recently reported that they are closing funding up to $140m of worth gained by E financing.
This round of funding was closed in September 2018 following the successful launch of Electron rocket and by that, the company’s total valuation reached above $1b.
Peter Beck; Rocket Lab’s CEO says:
It has been a big year for Rocket Lab with two successful missions to orbit and another about to roll out to the pad, but it’s even more significant for the global small satellite industry that now has a fully commercial, dedicated ride to space.
THIS FUNDING ALSO ENABLES THE CONTINUED AGGRESSIVE SCALE-UP OF ELECTRON PRODUCTION TO SUPPORT OUR TARGETED WEEKLY FLIGHT RATE. IT WILL ALSO SEE US BUILD ADDITIONAL LAUNCH PADS AND BEGIN WORK ON THREE MAJOR NEW R&D PROGRAMS.
Rutherford Engine crafted by 3D Printing
Rocket Lab was born on June 2006. Their mission is to provide commercial access to “rapid and repeatable” small satellite orbit launches. According to the company website, 11 of these satellites have been successfully launched so far and gone to orbit.
The Electron by Rocket Lab is something that carries payload into space. It is 17 meters long and capable of carrying up to 225 kg of mass. 9 Rutherford engines will do the job to power up the Electron.
Considering the fuel system which works with oxygen and kerosene, whole primary components of the Rutherford engine are manufactured bt 3D Printing. Each part takes 24 hours to build, providing peak thrust in 192kN or 41500 pound force (lbf).
E Funding of Rocket Lab series
Australian Government’s Future Fund accept the duty of E Funding process of Rocket Lab.
California VC firm greenspring associates, Khosla Ventures, the fund of Indian American billionair engineer, businessman and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC (Data Collective), Promus Ventures and New Zealand startup investor K1W1 participated in the funding process.
[Source/Image]: 3D Printing Industry