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United States Patent 5,341,639
StephensAug. 30, 1994

Fullerene rocket fuels

Inventors: Stephens; William D. (Huntsville, AL).
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army (Washington, DC).
Appl. No.: 005,729
Filed: Jan. 19, 1993

Intl. Cl.:F02K 9/00;
U.S. Cl.: 60/204.; 60/208.;
Field of Search:200.1;204;208;209;253

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U.S. Patent Documents
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Other References

Primary Examiner: Bertsch; Richard A.
Assistant Examiner: Richman; Howard R.


Solid fuel gas generator compositions for use in ducted rockets, in which fullerenes or substituted fullerenes are used. Fullerene compounds in which easily oxidizable groups, oxidizing groups, or salts of oxidizing acids are attached to the spherical carbon skeleton of the fullerene.

6 Claims, 1 Drawing Figures

Government Interest


The invention described herein may be manufactured, used, and licensed by or for the Government for governmental purposes without the payment to me of any royalties thereon.

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