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Why can’t cryogenic propellants be storable, at least on the ground, via refrigeration?

Cryogenic fuels (liquid hydrogen, liquid methane)1 and oxidisers (liquid oxygen)2 are the rocket propellants of choice where raw performance is the overriding concern, due to the very high performance ...
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What are ways to store hydrogen for electric propulsion without a heavy pressure vessel?

This comment points out that any advantages of using low-mass ionized atomic hydrogen (i.e. protons) for electric propulsion if you had a fixed acceleration voltage and plenty of electrical power ...
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High pressure Helium tanks for the Vega balloon experiments

Is there any available (scientific) information on the properties of the high pressure Helium storage tanks, used for the Vega balloon experiments on Venus? Information on how big pressure gas they ...
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How many booster stages can SpaceX store at Cape Canaveral?

Elon Musk tweeted this after the early morning successful landing of another booster on a barge: May need to increase size of rocket storage hangar How big is their rocket storage hanger at the ...
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Would electrically charged hydrogen tanks lower leakage?

It is a (maybe marginal) problem for long duration space flights that hydrogen fuel leaks through its containing tank. I suppose it is because a hydrogen atom some of the time loses its electron and a ...
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Would a low pressure container lower hydrogen leakage in space?

Hydrogen, for rocket fuel, tends to leak even through metal containers. Launchers carry hydrogen cooled to liquid in order to save storage space for aerodynamical reasons, but that is unnecessary in ...
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Do rockets have a “best before date” after assembly?

How many years can a liquid fuel rocket be safely stored (unfueled) between manufacturing and launch? Are they sensitive to slow processes like corrosion, material degradation from dehydration, other ...
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How are cryogenic rocket propellants delivered to the launch pad?

I work at a university that gets LN2/LHe (liquid nitrogen and helium) delivered a couple times a week by a large tanker truck outside my office. It seems to work well enough to deliver a couple tons ...