Fuel By-Product, SpaceShipOne

Fuel By-Product, SpaceShipOne

     

This is a sample of spent fuel burned by the rocket-powered SpaceShipOne during its ascent. The hybrid engine used both solid (rubber) and liquid (nitrous oxide) propellants. Both are relatively inexpensive and easy to handle, which makes them a good candidate for economical commercial spaceflight. SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004 for repeated flights in a privately developed reusable spacecraft. It was designed to be a simple, robust, and reliable vehicle to make space travel and tourism affordable. The Museum removed this fuel byproduct upon receiving the spacecraft in 2005.

Gift of Paul G. Allen

Country of Origin
United States of America

Designer
Scaled Composites
Manufacturer
Scaled Composites

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Propulsion

Materials
Fuel by-product, SpaceShipOne
Propellants: Polybutadiene polymer rubber (fuel) and nitrous oxide (oxidizer)
Interior: fabric, plastic, metals, hydraulic and pneumatic systems
Motor: composite (graphite epoxy), elastomeric compound, metal, ablative material
Dimensions
Approximate: 1.9 x 6.4cm (3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

This is a sample of spent fuel burned by the rocket-powered SpaceShipOne during its ascent. The hybrid engine used both solid (rubber) and liquid (nitrous oxide) propellants. Both are relatively inexpensive and easy to handle, which makes them a good candidate for economical commercial spaceflight. SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004 for repeated flights in a privately developed reusable spacecraft. It was designed to be a simple, robust, and reliable vehicle to make space travel and tourism affordable. The Museum removed this fuel byproduct upon receiving the spacecraft in 2005.

Gift of Paul G. Allen

Country of Origin
United States of America

Designer
Scaled Composites
Manufacturer
Scaled Composites

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Propulsion

Materials
Fuel by-product, SpaceShipOne
Propellants: Polybutadiene polymer rubber (fuel) and nitrous oxide (oxidizer)
Interior: fabric, plastic, metals, hydraulic and pneumatic systems
Motor: composite (graphite epoxy), elastomeric compound, metal, ablative material
Dimensions
Approximate: 1.9 x 6.4cm (3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

ID: A20050459003