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Several alternative martian ISRU-propellants...(?)

Posted by: Ekkehard Augustin - Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:24 pm
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Post Several alternative martian ISRU-propellants...(?)   Posted on: Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:24 pm
Because of the signs that martian water ice has been found and because Phoenix might be located on a martian polar glacier - according to at least - the german section of The Mars Society is thinking of using wartian water ice as source of LH2 for leavng Mars. This tends to be seen as a martian substitute for LH2 to be bbrought from Earth somehow.They are thinking of applying solar power to crack water ice and mention french solar ovens tested in the Pyrenees.

On the other hand it often is thought of using and even producing methane on Mars as a fuel and to get oxygen from the CO2.

Both of them are interesting while I would prefer to keep the water because it is much scarcer there than on Earth.

What about more martian ISRU-propellants? There seem to be lots of elements.

Dipl.-Volkswirt (bdvb) Augustin (Political Economist)

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