How to Chose a Rocket Engine and Propellant

Okay, so this probably isn’t a regular predicament for you, but perhaps when reading about various rocket companies like SpaceX, ULA, Arianespace you will see talk of different kinds of rocket engines and fuels like RP-1 (kerosene), hydrogen, methane etc. I will try to answer why a particular engine and fuel is typically chosen.

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