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Modern Propellants

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To avoid the shortcomings of black powder, researchers had to consider propellant chemicals that incorporated oxidizers rather than inorganic materials that contribute corrosive by-products. Eliminating sulfur from the material was important for the same reason. The quest for reduced smoke meant that higher combustion temperatures would be required. Most importantly, the new propellant had to be controllable and reproducible to be safe.

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