Specific impulse, etc.
One of the best rocket propellants there is is hydrolox – a combination of liquid hydrogen, the fuel, and liquid oxygen, the oxidiser. This might seem a bit unexpected because most (if not all) other fuels performing the same function are compounds, not elements – like 1,1-dimethylhydrazine. An engine that uses hydrolox as its propellant… Continue reading
We’ve become more ambitious about reaching Alpha Centauri – what changed?
The real innovation powering the idea of Starshot is not in terms of propulsion or even the lasers but of the miniaturisation of electronics. Continue reading
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