Friday, August 28, 2009

Water/Aluminum Motor?

http://www.popsci.com/military-aviation-amp-space/article/2009-08/fly-me-moon-water-ice

Water ice and aluminum powder as a rocket propellant, now there is something that is interesting, especially since water ice can be pulled from our Moon, other moons, certain planets and of course, asteroids. Talk about saving a lot of weight on fuel if this passes muster. :)

3 comments:

Jerry M. Weikle said...

The article mentions the use of nanoaluminum the the consistancy like "white toothpaste"...Er..wasn't there a scare about toothpaste manufactured in China like last year...
...or what of the possiblity of individuals developing Alzheimer's Disease from the exposure to Aluminum?

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/alzheimers.htm

Whilst the NIH indicate that "Epidemiological studies attempting to link Alzheimers disease with exposures in drinking water have been inconclusive and contradictory"...

As a fuel for traveling in space or to planets and moons, other than Earth, then the fuel might be of interest. However, the toxicology might be another aspects here on the Earth to document and consider the use thereof.

If fish died because of the acid rain of the 70's in the New York region and the lakes still are acidic, what will the use of AL as a fuel be like in the atmosphere?

Sounds like one needs to take Atmospheric chemistry to fully understand the ramification there of to the potential effects that would occur on the Earth, especially with these spaceship leaving and arriving from "FAR, FAR, Away..."

Douglas Mallette said...

I see this more for use when already in space, as maneuvering thrusters at drastically lower costs and with ease of refueling in many places.

Norman Copeland said...

Well, I thought I should post this on the front page, but, perhaps it would of been better suited with the 'swanky hotel' posting...

Respectfully, I would agree with Douglas, If we put a hotel on an asteroid orbiting our sun once per year, perhaps, once per 6 months, perhaps once per 18 months, we would save a lot of fuel and could conduct a lot of scientific research, particularly as a lot of these asteroids are binary, but, then the magnetism between them may be *weird*, would it be...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCFXSIndYIk