Exhibitor Spotlight: Additive Rocket Corporation
With Space Tech Expo fast approaching, we caught up with Reiley Weekes, chief science officer at Additive Rocket Corporation, to discover how the company is leveraging 3D printing and other processes to offer innovative solutions to manufacturers in the space industry.
Reiley’s experience spans a range of fields, from biomedical devices and acoustics to rocket engines. Prior to his role as chief science officer at Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC), Reiley was previously an electromechanical engineer at Northrup Grumman, where he designed mechanical and electrical parts. Reiley is currently finishing his graduate studies in combustion at the University of California, San Diego.
What would you say are the key challenges and opportunities currently faced by the launcher industry?
In the launch vehicle industry, we are seeing great opportunities through advancements in technology, which are helping to lower the cost of launch vehicles. In turn, this is lowering the barrier to entry for small space companies looking to send their tech to orbit.
New companies, however, face challenges as they enter the industry, where building trust and a track record is critical for widespread adoption.
Are there any recent developments in launch system technology that you are excited about?
Developments in affordable two-stage to orbit launchers, as well as upcoming air breathing systems, are among the most exciting developments in launch system technology.
Advancements in designing and manufacturing has increased the availability of components to the new space industry. This democratization of components is allowing start-ups and research entities to pull off unique and incredible missions that were previously only common among governments and large defense companies.
Tell us a bit more about what you do. What do you think sets your company apart from your competitors?
With a revolutionary design for launch vehicle engines and satellite thrusters that is rooted in nature, ARC leverages its unique IP with 3D metal printing to offer new and innovative options for manufacturers in the space industry. We’ve redesigned our engines and systems around additive manufacturing in order to take advantage of the unique design freedom it affords. We tailor each engine to every client’s unique propulsion needs and requirements, creating components for any size, shape, and situation.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any products you are bringing to market in the next five years?
Over the next five years, we expect to bring a wide range of products spanning launch, satellite, and deep space propulsion. Our current goal is to seek out the most difficult propulsion challenges faced today and leverage our design software and additive manufacturing processes to solve them.
What products will you be featuring at the show this year and what response are you expecting?
At this year’s Space Tech Expo, we are excited to be unveiling two new lines of satellite thrusters – a cold gas and a peroxide monopropellant. Attendees will get the chance to take a look at the innovative technology we are bringing to the space industry, and we think they will be excited by the new opportunities a tailor-made propulsion system can unlock.
What was your space highlight from 2017?
Generally speaking about space, the discovery of the first interstellar object to ever be seen in the solar system, ‘Oumuamua, was an exciting highlight for me in 2017.
Overall, in regards to ARC’s highlights of 2017, we grew our talented team and furthered our
progress to accomplish goals in providing reliable and affordable propulsion solutions for the space industry. The hard work put in by our engineers has carried into 2018, where we look forward to continuing enhancing our technology and growing the company.
Additive Rocket Corporation will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo 2018 in booth 8037. Stop by their booth on Thursday May 23 at 11:30AM for a live presentation of their 3D-printed metal rocket engines.