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Fuels for space

  • Notes from speaking to David Thompson
  • Oxygen - O2 as byproduct of photosynthesis
  • Hydrogen - via the biohydrogen route
  • nitrogenase, the enzyme that fixes N2 to NH3(amonia)ozene

, as a normal part of its function it produces H2 albeit at a much slower rate than NH3, its a side reaction. but if you force the reaction in an atmosphere with zero nitrogen, then you get H2 production exclusively. (Hydrogen-2, H-2, 2H (a.k.a. Deuterium), an isotope of Hydrogen (1 proton, 1 neutron, 1 electron))

  • Deep sea bacteria that make hydrazine as a free metabolic intermediate. (Hydrazine is used as a bipropellant in combination with O2 I (DT) believe,and some of its derivatives are used in combination with other liquid rocket fuels...)

http://www.anammox.com/ is a resource for research on those particular bacteria.


Guanine production was hypothetical, it would involve tweaking the purine biosynthetic pathway, and i think i mentioned a purine efflux pump... http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=181001


making TAL for TATB production was from this paper http://www.chemeng.uiuc.edu/~zhaogrp/images/HZ24-JACS%20Fas-B%20Engineering%202004.pdf


phloroglucinol: http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/sample.cgi/jacsat/2005/127/i15/pdf/ja042340g.pdf


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