Why Can Sugar be Used as Rocket Fuel?

What makes something suitable as rocket fuel? We look at the chemistry and science of rocket fuel.

Do you think of sugar as something highly flamable and explosive? Me neither, but one of the scenes in the movie, The Martian, got me wondering if I might be wrong.

In one of the movie scenes, an astronaut makes a bomb using only sugar and liquid oxygen. Not your typically bomb making material. Curious I investigated further and realized sugar is even used in amateur rockets. In…



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Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.