Flometrics Inc. announced today that it had successfully tested biodiesel as rocket fuel.
Flometrics, Inc. announced today that it has successfully completed its first series of tests on a RocketDyne LR-101 rocket engine with BioDiesel as a rocket fuel. The engine was also tested with RP-1 kerosene rocket fuel from the US Air Force.
According to the article the biodiesel posted performance within 4% of that of RP-1. This could lead to more environmentally friendly rockets, but it also holds another possibility that I thought was interesting.
The use of vegetable based rocket fuel opens up the possibility of growing oil-producing crops on the moon or mars for use as stock for rocket fuel, eliminating the need of lifting the fuel from the surface of the earth.
Source : Space Travel