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Metal as a Fuel

Literature Summary: According to researchers at McGill University, the use of metal as a fuel is not a novel concept as it has been used in simple applications such as propellants, explosives and in more complex applications such as rocketry.

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Metal Fueled Propulsion Systems

Literature Summary: An increasing amount of literature can be found demonstrating the potential of an atmospheric breathing propulsion system for planet exploration. The engine would use the excess carbon dioxide on the planet as oxidant and a powdered metal-based fuel (magnesium or aluminum) as the propellant.

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