Saturday, October 13, 2007

Methane Blast

I thought everyone visiting would be interested in this story from Science@NASA: NASA-supported scientists and engineers have successfully tested a methane-powered rocket engine. The firing was not only remarkably beautiful (a must-see movie is featured in today's story) but also may herald a new type of spacecraft that one day roams the outer solar system gathering fuel from planets and moons that it visits.

At one time a LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) vehicle held the land speed record. The Blue Flame is now in Germany at the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum. Blue Flame used Hydrogen Peroxide as an oxidizer.

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