Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane: Intimate snaps

Inside the world's first 3D-printed, rocket-powered aircraft

Keep your nose clean

The level of detail obtainable from 3D printing is evident in these images of the upper and lower nose sections...

The separated upper and lower halves of the nose

Internal structural detail of the nose section

Internal structural detail of the nose section

...and try this nice view of the inside of the Vulture 2's pointy beak:

The internal structure of the nose

If you want drama, though, check out the internal structure of the beast's rear fuselage and inner wings:

Dramatic back-lit shot showing the internal structure of the rear fuselage

LOHAN team member Dave Akerman whipped out his camera and got this view of the inside of said rear fuselage...

The inside structure of the rear fuselage

...and managed to get inside the wing, although it was a bit of a tight squeeze:

The wing's internal structure

There are some CAD images here of the aircraft before it went off to the printers, which give a better idea of the impressively complex detail.

The rudders also scrubbed up nicely with a bit of backlighting:

The rudder, showing the internal structure

The rudders themselves are two parts, epoxied together around a mounting rod. Note the rudder horn and servo cable. As those of you who tuned into our live reveal know, we do have the basic control systems mounted. However, you'll have to wait for details on those.

Next page: Mounting flanges

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