New aluminum-water rocket propellant ...

New aluminum-water rocket propellant promising for future space missions

There are 1 comment on the Freerepublic.com story from Oct 8, 2009, titled New aluminum-water rocket propellant promising for future space missions. In it, Freerepublic.com reports that:

Researchers are developing a new type of rocket propellant made of a frozen mixture of water and "nanoscale aluminum" powder that is more environmentally friendly than conventional propellants and could be manufactured on the moon, Mars and other water-bearing bodies.

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Sol

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#1 Oct 10, 2009
Aluminum powder? Add iron oxide and you've got thermite. Disassociate water in the heat of the reaction and you'll throw oxygen and hydrogen into the fun. It's used underwater a lot.

More-common example: ever throw water on a magnesium fire? Same thing.

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