A group of scientists from the University of Central Florida (USA) and Honeybee Robotics specialists have developed a prototype of a rocket that is able to extract water from celestial bodies and turn it into fuel.
Theoretically, such a device can extract water infinitely and fly without additional charge. Traveling through space, it can move from comet to comet and replenish fuel stocks for its jet engine.
The prototype was tested in the end of December. The scientists created a soil identical to the soil found on asteroids. The spacecraft did a great job of extracting water from the soil subsequently turning it into fuel.
According to the expert community, such technology can be of great service to mankind in studying the Moon, as well as Jupiter and Saturn moons.
The rocket is small in size and is not equipped to transport any objects or travel long distances. However, in future it may be equipped with a nuclear reactor, which will significantly expand its capabilities.