A space rocket powered by milk bottles might usher in a new era of space travel.


A space rocket powered by milk bottles might usher in a new era of space travel.

A rocket powered by recycled milk bottles has been tested by a UK-based space corporation, and it claims to be powerful enough to travel all the way to Mars — and eventually across the universe.

Scientists are testing a space rocket that runs on recycled milk bottles in the hopes of one day transporting humans to Mars.

Polar Fusion scientists in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, believe their bottle-powered rocket could one day be used for ‘warp speed’ travel to distant parts of the universe.

The spaceship works by heating bits of a high-density polymer and then injecting nitrous oxide into them. The pressure created by this action propels the rocket to supersonic speeds.

“Our rocket operates on high-density polyethylene — used to create plastic milk bottles — rather than rocket fuel, which makes it eco-friendly, powerful, and efficient,” Richard Dinan, CEO of Pulsar Fusion, told The Sun.

“Unlike traditional fossil fuels, the fuel source is readily available and completely non-toxic.”

“We can recycle it from a number of sources, so it’s as clean as it gets,” says the researcher.

However, before travelling to the moon, the rocket must pass a series of tests to prove that it can fly.

One experiment, which took place last week at the Ministry of Defence’s explosives testing base in Salisbury, went well, and more will be conducted in Switzerland in the coming days.

Mr Dinan’s long-term goal for the British firm is to develop a nuclear fusion engine, which he says will allow humanity to “travel twice as quickly in space for much longer.”

He believes that the completion of this project will be a “defining milestone in the evolution of our species,” and that it will most likely be done in the United Kingdom due to the high quality of British science.

An American business claimed in February that it had devised a nuclear-powered rocket that, if built, could transport astronauts to Mars in three months.

Meanwhile, NASA claims that by 2035, it will have landed humans on Mars, which is 140 million miles distant.

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