Space chemistry Energy raw materials

Today, solid propellants are the main type of fuel used in space shuttle boosters, and in the majority of commercial satellite launchers.

It contains 70% ammonium perchlorate and aluminium powder and 30% polybutadiene.

Ammonium perchlorate, a powerful oxidant for solid propulsion is obtained from the reaction of ammonia NH3 with perchloric acid HClO4 or from double decomposition between an ammonium salt and sodium perchlorate NaClO4.

For many years now, Gazechim Liquefied Gas has been providing the ammonia needed to produce solid propellants.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - NOVEMBER 16: NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 took off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center November 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The astronauts were on an 11-day mission to deliver vital equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)