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Startup Vaya Space raises millions to test new rocket tech (by Alex Soderstrom)

This infusion of capital will take Vaya Space’s rocket research into the real world in 2023. Formerly known as Rocket Crafters, Vaya Space developed the Star 3-D rocket engine, a hybrid engine that uses liquid and solid propellant, and the Dauntless rocket, to launch payloads into space for the growing small satellite sector.

Vaya Space boasts it’s capable of building a launch vehicle, integrating a customer payload and being ready to launch in 30 days. Plus, Vaya touts its rocket technology is environmentally friendly because it’s fueled by recycled plastics, with the Dauntless rocket using 20 metric tons of recycled thermoplastics.