The first commercial launch of a biofuel rocket was carried out from a former military base in the US state of Maine. The rocket successfully climbed 1.5 kilometers.
The Stardust rocket was developed by bluShift Aerospace. The rocket launch was postponed several times due to severe frosts and cloudy weather, but on Sunday, January 31, Stardust was finally launched.
Biofuel developer and founder and CEO of the company Sascha Deri avoided direct answers about the composition of the fuel, but assured that the components can be found on farms around the world. According to him, the team has spent more than six years developing and improving a unique modular hybrid engine.
"We want to prove that a bio-derived fuel can serve just as well, if not better in some cases, than traditional fuels to power rockets and payloads to space," he says.
The Stardust rocket weighs 250 kg and is just under 2 meters long. The company believes that the production of the rocket is quite cheap, it does not need high-tech infrastructure, which will make the launch of the rockets more accessible to more people.
At the first launch, Stardust climbed 1.5 kilometers, and then returned by parachute to the ground. The second planned launch will be suborbital, and then a new version of the Red Dwarf rocket will enter polar orbit.
Within five years, bluShift Aerospace plans to create 40 new jobs that are needed to launch small rockets. In addition, according to experts, companies for launching small-sized spacecraft will be in demand and will be able to earn $69 billion over ten years.