Pulsar fusion, a nuclear fusion start-up, test fired a rocket engine driven by plastic waste

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previously, some researchers have explored the idea of incorporating recycled plastic waste into hybrid rocket fuel. Virgin Galactic tried this idea as early as 2014 by using a fuel driven rocket based on a class of thermosetting plastics, but quickly gave up after the test flight failed. Skyrora, another Scottish company dedicated to such technology, has successfully tested ecosene fuel converted from plastic waste

pulsar fusion’s rocket uses a mixed fuel composed of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and nitrous oxide oxidant, which is sent to the combustion chamber under regulated pressure through a control valve. HDPE is used in a range of plastic products, including bottles, pipes and cutting boards, so there are many opportunities to purchase and recycle the key components of this fuel

Pulsar fusion, a nuclear fusion start-up, test fired a rocket engine driven by plastic waste

last week, pulsar fusion completed the first static test of its hybrid rocket engine at the Ministry of defense military base in Salisbury, UK. According to the company, this produced the supersonic “Diamond shock” seen in the rocket exhaust with high temperature and high mass flow rate, and produced a dramatic and hot plume. The company plans to give a presentation to potential customers this week

“we are pleased with the test launch conducted by the UK at cotec. This is an extremely important moment, and we are proud that this rocket is made in the UK,” said Richard Dinan, CEO of pulsar fusion. “It is novel to test British rockets on British land. Pulsar is one of the few companies in the world to build and test these technologies. We would like to thank a team of magical scientists with rich experience for bringing us these milestone achievements. ”

the company said that the potential applications of “green” rocket engines include launching people and satellites into space, but its vision of space exploration is not over. It plans to develop high-speed propulsion engines based on nuclear fusion and launch them within this decade. The idea behind this technology is to reproduce the process that occurs inside the sun. In this process, gravity combines with extreme heat and pressure to smash the nuclei and release huge energy. For decades, scientists have been pursuing this goal through experimental reactors. Although some exciting progress is being made, the technology is still many years away from providing viable energy

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this makes pulsar fusion’s goals in this field look really ambitious. It has been working on nuclear fusion technology for 9 years, aiming to use powerful electromagnetism to guide the energy released through fusion reaction to a form of propulsion. According to pulsar fusion, this not only eliminates the need for spacecraft to carry heavy fuel supplies, but also enables them to travel at incredible speed – fast enough to reach Mars from earth in half the time of today’s spacecraft

it is worth noting that the challenge of re creating nuclear fusion on earth has plagued scientists for decades. Therefore, it will be a high requirement to incorporate non-existent technologies into the propulsion system of the next generation spacecraft. However, pulsar fusion is not ashamed to express its wishes. Its goal is to demonstrate a nuclear fusion propulsion engine for static fire test in 2025, and then launch and test in orbit in 2027