Majid Bokaei, head of Iran's main defense university, boasted that Tehran had "reached a stage where we can export the technology to produce solid rocket fuel
." Solid-fuel rockets can be fired at short notice.
Solid rocket fuel
is designed to burn at a high temperature and pressure, generating a lot of exhaust thrust.
The project involved the establishment and improvement of facilities for producing nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine, both key components of solid rocket fuel
. Cooperation between Iran and Venezuela's military sectors has been well-known for years, but it was the first time an official document has emerged showing Chavez's approval of joint military industrial projects.
Leftover solid rocket fuel
might be broken down for reuse.
Speaking on a conference call, Herteman noted that the two companies are the European specialists in solid rocket fuel
technology, which is expected to be used by the next-generation Ariane 6 satellite launch vehicle.
They included S-8 unguided aircraft rockets as well as rocket launcher parts and solid rocket fuel
, said the influential Jutarnji List daily.
The rocket is called a hybrid because it uses solid rocket fuel
in combination with a liquid oxidiser to generate power.
Unlike the shuttle, it will use liquid rocket fuel, which is safer but more expensive than the shuttle's solid rocket fuel
A report by Trevor Dunstan on the use of naphthalene as a solid rocket fuel
(mixed with other chemicals) which concluded that it was not a practical proposition.
It is the main ingredient in solid rocket fuel
and can be found in fireworks, pyrotechnics and other explosives.
Perchlorate, an oxidizer in solid rocket fuel
, is widely found in groundwater, drinking water, milk, vegetables, fruit, grain, and forage crops.
In 2002, high levels of the dangerous chemical perchlorate, which is a component of solid rocket fuel
, were discovered in the Colorado water supply and commercial lettuce crops.