First hot-fire test of methane-fueled reusable Prometheus rocket engine in Europe – Spaceflight Now

First hot-fire test of methane-fueled reusable Prometheus rocket engine in Europe - Spaceflight Now

A prototype of the reusable European Prometheus engine comes to life on its test bench in Vernon, France on June 22, 2023. Image: ArianeGroup. Europe has successfully completed the first hot test of its Prometheus reusable rocket, a 12-second burn integrated into the Themis first stage demonstrator at ArianeGroup’s site in Vernon, France. Prometheus and … Read more

Reusable rockets could fly back to their launch sites with wings

Universe Today

Reusable launch vehicles have been a boon to the commercial space industry. By salvaging and refurbishing rocket first stages, launch service providers have dramatically reduced the cost of sending payloads and even crew into space. In addition to first stage boosters, there are efforts to make rockets fully reusable, from second stages to payload fairings. … Read more