The WINE spacecraft could mine water on asteroids and comets to provide itself with an unlimited ...

A team of researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Honeybee Robotics of Pasadena, California have developed a prototype steam-powered space probe. This may seem like a great leap backwards, but by using water as a propellant, the World Is Not Enough (WINE) spacecraft can operate indefinitely by topping off on ice gathered while visiting asteroids and other bodies to fuel future travels.

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