An Increase in Rocket Launches Could Have a Significant Environmental Impact

Once a formative event in a person’s life, rocket launches are now becoming a weekly occurrence anyone can access and follow online. However, we rarely stop to think about the environmental costs of commercial space flight. With space exploration becoming increasingly significant in the coming years, what are the trade-offs between propellant types and which threats should we get ready to address?

A 2020 Review

Emissions by Type of Fuel

Threat 1: Ozone Depletion

Threat 2: Ecosystem Toxicity

Threat 3: Human Toxicity

Conclusions

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