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European Space Agency wants your car to use rocket fuel

By / 11.09.12

We all want the Batmobile. It’s a simple truth. Batman never gets stuck in traffic, never gets pulled over by police, and if we’re going by the 1989 version of the Batmobile, has a massive rocket engine in the back perfect for lighting people on fire and driving really fast.

European Space Agency

European Space Agency


Now the European Space Agency is trying to make that a reality. Well, sorta.

The idea is that a car could run on rocket fuel. The dream of automakers has been, for years, to power cars on hydrogen. Hydrogen is cheap, burns clean, and abundant, being the simplest element in the universe and all.

The problem is that to stay in liquid form, it needs to be chilled to 33 degree above absolute zero, and the molecules are so tiny, they can slip past any seal.

So, the ESA, which powers its rockets with liquid nitrogen, has spent a lot of time thinking about this problem, and is adapting its rocket fuel systems to cars. Sadly, you won’t get a rocket engine in your sedan any time soon, but you’ll probably be able to spray freezing liquid at your friends, which is almost as good.

From Rocket Fuel To Clean Cars [ESA]


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About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.

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