When SpaceX launches its Starship rocket, designed to send crew members to the International Space Station, deliver satellites to space, and travel to Mars as early as 2024, each launch will emit an estimated 715 tons of CO2, roughly as much as 10 cross-country flights on a 747. If spaceflight becomes common—and if the rocket is also used for quick trips in place of jets on Earth—it could become a meaningful source of emissions. But rockets can also use zero net carbon fuel. advertisement carbon-negative vodka. But it saw an opportunity to begin making rocket fuel from captured CO2 as its researchers were experimenting in the lab. “We discovered that we can make fuel very efficiently as somewhat of an accident,” says Stafford Sheehan, an electrochemist and cofounder of the startup. “We were running our systems at higher temperatures than normal, under some conditions that we don’t typically do, and found out that we could very efficiently make these fuel molecules.” The technology could also be used to make carbon-neutral fuel for some other applications, such as ships, though the company is focused on rocket fuel. The next steps will be designing and building a refueling station, and beginning to… Read full this story
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