NASA thinks it might have a fix for all of this in the form of a new, “green” fuel alternative that swaps highly toxic hydrazine with a new formulation that much safer and, as it turns out, even more powerful than modern rocket fuels.
NASA wants to commercialize the International Space Station, and make heaps of cash doing it NASA's lunar lander was just rediscovered after being lost in space for 50 years NASA is putting the finishing touches on its Mars helicopter As NASA explains in a new blog post, the new, pinkish-colored fuel is a whole lot safer for engineers to handle.
As an added bonus, the new, safer fuel is roughly 50 percent more efficient than the more toxic option, giving spacecraft more freedom to maneuver or travel greater distances with the same amount of fuel.
The first in-space test of the new fuel will come later this month when SpaceX will launch NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) satellite.
The spacecraft will give NASA the ability to test the fuel and determine whether it’s a viable option for future missions.