The Science Continues!

We feed 72 volts and 4 amps of direct current through an upside-down bottle of salt water via six carbon contacts.

Hydrogen bubbles off the negative contact rods, and Oxygen off the positive.

2H2O(l) → 2H2(g) + O2(g)

Three hours later we have a 4 Gal bottle filled with 1/3 water and about 2/3 Oxygen/Hydrogen (some chlorine is produced)

100,000 Volts across a spark gap at the top and Liftoff! The combusting gasses force water out, in turn propelling the rocket. The only exhaust? Water!

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2007 Adrik McIlroy/Frogwatcher Media