Published on September 24th, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo0
NASA tests Swedish green rocket fuel
NASA and the Swedish National Space Board have signed an agreement on tests and analysis of a Swedish technology for green rocket fuel.
The Swedish company Ecaps has developed a fuel called HPGP, High Performance Green Propulsion, based on ammonium dinitramide and is less toxic and has a 30 % higher energy content. The Swedish National Space Board has funded the development of a green alternative to the highly toxic hydrazin based fuel system which is today used on satellites. Since 2010, Ecaps has flown and verified a system for green rocket propulsion on-board the Swedish Prisma satellites.
Through the new agreement, NASA will have access to both fuel and rocket engines to perform tests and verify the results that have been presented from testing on the Swedish satellites.