Space-abstractWashington-based Tethers Unlimited has recently won $2.2 million in  contracts to produce small propulsion systems with a fuel source that is non-explosive, non-toxic and unpressurized. The fuel is a mix of hydrogen and oxygen and created by splitting water molecules. Only 4 inches wide the powerful mini-thrusters are highly maneuverable. This technology will facilitate mining ice crystals on asteroids which can be converted into fuel for satellites while they are in space. Read more in Geekwire.

Space exploration has become a thriving industry in Washington State. Reusable rockets, lower space launch vehicles, unmanned aerial systems, in space 3-D printing and highly maneuverable thrusters are just some of the technologies being developed by Washington companies.

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