Gallery: Newly Discovered Molecule Could Make Rocket Fuel 30 Percent Mo...


Researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have discovered a new molecule that could help to make jet fuel up to 30 percent more efficient. The molecule is made up of just nitrogen and oxygen and could be used as a replacement for some of the large amounts of toxic chemicals — like concentrated hydrochloric acid — which make up a large part of today’s solid rocket fuels. This exciting discovery is fresh out of the Royal Institute of Technology‘s laboratories but could have long term impacts on the rocket fuel world.

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  1. P.K.Clem December 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Lovely pictures of air planes, but airplanes use JET engines. This discovery is relavent to ROCKET engines.

  2. Giles December 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I am a little puzzled about why you mention “jet fuel” in your article, and have photographs of aeroplanes. Is there further research to show the molecule could be used in jet fuel?

    The molecule the article is about is used in solid rocket motor fuel (the best known example of a solid rocket would probably be the white booster rockets used at launch of the space shuttle:, which is not used in commercial airliners, nor in a fast jet, with the possible exception of missiles (the fast jets in your image don’t show any missiles).

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