A Florida-based company hopes to compete in the commercial space industry with new 3D-printed rocket fuel

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    A new Florida-based rocket startup is taking a stab at the multibillion-dollar commercial launch industry by 3D-printing tubes of propulsion fuel – a low-risk means of thrust but a high-risk venture to compete with space giants like SpaceX, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin.

    Rocket Crafters Inc. hosted local public officials and media this week in its discreet Cocoa Beach manufacturing facility to view a test fire of the company’s small (but mighty) hybrid rocket engine. A hybrid engine – one that uses both liquid and solid fuel – is rare among rockets designed to lift today’s standard of small satellites. A hybrid engine with 3D-printed fuel is even more uncommon, but RCI says its technology will revolutionize (not evolve) the commercial space industry.