NASA To Use Green Fuel For Its Future Deep Space Missions

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The next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to launch from the Kennedy Space Center sometime this month, it will be transporting a spacecraft fuel that is allegedly safer for humans and the environment. NASA calls it Green Fuel, and it could be the power behind the spacecraft heading to deep space, for example to Mars.

Many spaceships and probes depend on hydrazine as their fuel, but that is seriously risky, which means extremely fueling processes that rein the things in. However, NASA will quite soon introduce a safer alternative, the before-mentioned Green Fuel.

The STP-2 Mission set to take off on June 24th, this year, will be the first task to prove the new Green Fuel. The fuel comes as a result of NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), which had to design another option to conventional chemical propulsion systems.

NASA’s Green Fuel would be much safer and more effective than the other alternatives

Most of all, NASA was planning to stop utilizing hydrazine as it demands protective suits, thick rubber gloves, and oxygen tanks when it is handled. This shows how poisonous the chemical is. The new fuel instead uses a hydroxylammonium nitrate fuel, or oxidizer blend, also known as AF-M315E.

It is sufficiently safe that you could fuel a rocket while you’re still building it, increasing the speed of the process. This green fuel is also more powerful than other chemical alternatives. NASA states that the safer option provides an approximate of 50 percent higher performance, so you can travel farther on the same fuel level or else reduce the quantity of fuel you have to transport on a particular deep space expedition.

That could be specifically useful for expeditions to the Moon and Mars, where shipments will be at an extra. The broad public doesn’t have to wait long to see how the green fuel functions. GPIM is scheduled to launch soon aboard the same SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket transporting LightSail 2. If the experiment succeeds, Green Fuel could make the spaceflight safer, let alone more effective.


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