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Space agencies developing green, environmentally friendly propellants systems for next-generation for next-generation launch vehicles and spacecraft

Hydrazine has dominated the space industry as the choice of propellant for over six decades, due to its high-performance characteristics, despite its environment and health hazards and the challenges faced in its manufacturing, storage, ground handling and transportation. Hydrazine based propulsion systems are state-of-the-art for various applications ranging from launchers to …

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3D Printing revolutionising aerospace propulsion by prototyping and production of motors to complete rocket engines

3D printing or additive manufacturing is ongoing revolution in manufacturing with its potential to fabricate any complex object and is being utilized from aerospace components to human organs, textiles, metals, buildings and even food. Additive manufacturing is defined by ASTM International as the process of joining materials together, layer by …

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Ion propulsion breakthroughs to power future Mars and Mercury Missions, Military Satellites , Space planes and ASAT role

An ion thruster is a form of electric propulsion used for spacecraft propulsion. It creates thrust by accelerating ions with electricity. As the ionised particles escape from the aircraft, they generate a force moving in the other direction. Power supplies for ion thrusters are usually electric solar panels, but at sufficiently …

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Russia beats US & China by launching World’s first floating Nuclear Reactor, have potential to power military forward operating bases, disputed islands and Arctic

Russia has launched the world’s only floating nuclear reactor, beating countries like the US and China to the post. The Akademik Lomonosov was set off from a port in St Petersberg and has arrived at Murmansk, a town in Northwest Russia. In Nov 2018, it was reported that Russia’s floating nuclear …

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Researchers developing new Military Batteries with high energy density, ruggedness and safety

Batteries are  critical for military missions since mission success and soldiers’ lives often depend directly on a military battery’s performance.  As military platforms and systems such as land vehicles are fitted with more electronic equipment, their electrical energy demands will continue to increase and it is anticipated that their limited electrical …

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Militaries experimenting with Biofuels for providing cost competitive performance while reducing green house gas (GHG) emissions

World economic growth will lead to  strong energy demands and consumption.  U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017) projects that world energy consumption will grow by 28% between 2015 and 2040. Most of this growth is expected to come from countries that are not in the Organization …

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