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The rocket that eats itself

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Waspie_Dwarf

The rocket that eats itself

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Engineers in Scotland and Ukraine have begun testing a rocket that "eats itself".

It will lift satellites into orbit by burning its own body as fuel.

Rocketry is a wasteful business. A rocket uses most of its energy lifting its own weight into space. Its payload is typically just a fraction of that.

A team from the University of Glasgow and Oles Honchar Dnipro National University in Ukraine have created a rocket engine to change that.

It burns a solid propellant rod that doubles as the rocket body itself.

arrow3.gif  Read More: BBC News

 

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XenoFish

Bottle Rocket 2.0?

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