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Microbes Eating Rocket Propellant Hypergols (MERPHs)

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Microbes Eating Rocket Propellant Hypergols (MERPHs)
Microbes will be attempted on proprietary green propellants. Evaluation and selection of optimal microbial media will be determined. Alteration of microbial candidates may be implemented to increase conversion rates and production of alternative-use products. Successful conversion of fuel to non-explosive compounds will be determined by classical assay analysis techniques already performed per GPIM fuel specifications. Success is measured by the chemical analysis showing no more of the fuel molecules to be present in their previous form. Current industrial methods utilize mere water dilution upon immediate release, but that can lead to expensive environmental clean-ups, and even if captured, costly industrial wastewater permits and monitoring, routine sampling and analysis have to be conducted. Other typical costly disposal includes detonation events with other unexploded ordnance at facilities permitted to do so or reactive hazardous waste disposal to out-of-state treatment facilities. More »

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