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Friday, July 19, 2013

NASA Going Green...

This rendering shows the spacecraft that will carry the green propulsion system into orbit in 2015. Image: Ball Aerospace
Although, it reminded me of a scene from Wall-E. Just saying...Smiley

For decades, NASA has relied on an efficient but highly toxic fuel known as hydrazine to power satellites and manned spacecraft. Now the agency is laying the groundwork to replace that propellant with a safer, cleaner alternative.

NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission, or GPIM, has passed its first thruster pulsing test, a major milestone that paves the way for a planned test flight in 2015, agency officials said. NASA unveiled the rocket thruster success Tuesday (July 9) in Washington, D.C., during a briefing with aerospace industry officials and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).

The GPIM initiative aims to demonstrate that a green fuel with nearly 50 percent better performance than hydrazine could power Earth-circling satellites and eventually deep space missions.

Scientific American: NASA's Quest for Green Rocket Fuel Passes Big Test

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