Stardust 1.0 : First Rocket To Run On Biofuel

Stardust 1.0:

Stardust 1.0 was launched on Jan 31st from Loring Commerce Centre in Maine, US.

  • It has become the first commercial space launch powered by biofuel, which is non-toxic for the environment as opposed to traditionally used rocket fuels.
  • Stardust 1.0 is a launch vehicle suited for student and budget payloads.

Biofuels:

  • Any hydrocarbon fuel that is produced from an organic matter (living or once-living material) in a short period of time (days, weeks, or even months) is considered a biofuel.
  • Biofuels may be solid, liquid, or gaseous in nature.
    • Solid: Wood, dried plant material, and manure.
    • Liquid: Bioethanol and Biodiesel.
    • Gaseous: Biogas.

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