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Researchers at the University of Central Florida say they have developed an advanced rocket propulsion system once thought to be impossible. Known as a rotating detonation rocket engine, it will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly. The research was published recently in the journal Combustion and Flame.

“The study presents, for the first time, experimental evidence of a safe and functioning hydrogen and oxygen propellant detonation in a rotating detonation rocket engine,” said Kareem Ahmed, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCF who led the research.\

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