Rocket fuel is different. Modern solutions are based on ammonium perchlorate, kerosene, liquid oxygen and so on. But yesterday one very unusual option was added to this list.
The young bluShift Aerospace successfully launched the world’s first biofuel booster yesterday. More precisely, it was a prototype called Stardust 1.0, which, despite a number of problems, managed to reach an altitude of over 1.2 km, and then returned to the ground with a parachute. This cannot be called a full-fledged launch of a carrier rocket, but we are still talking about testing a prototype.
In any case, for bluShift Aerospace, this is precisely a successful launch, proving the possibility of creating such a rocket.
Of course, a biofuel rocket cannot compete with the classic giants. Therefore, Stardust 1.0 is a rocket with a height of only 6 meters with a payload of 8 kg. At the same time, the second prototype will be able to boast of a carrying capacity of 30 kg, and the design height will reach 55-100 km. In any case, we are talking about a very small rocket that can put very compact satellites into orbit.
The future serial rocket will be based on the Modular Adaptable Rocket Engine for Vehicle Launch (MAREVL), which was tested on the first prototype. It uses proprietary solid biofuels that are non-toxic, carbon-neutral, and the manufacturer claims can be purchased from farms across America.
If all goes well for the company, the next prototype – Stardust 2.0 – will be launched later this year.