1779 compressed oxygen and hydrogen rocket engine?

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Not so much an 'alternate history', more a 'is it possible'??

Was looking at something else and came across a wiki post about Erasmus Darwin


It seems he drew up an idea for compressed oxygen hydrogen rocket engine.....

In notes dating to 1779, Darwin made a sketch of a simple hydrogen-oxygen rocket engine, with gas tanks connected by plumbing and pumps to an elongated combustion chamber and expansion nozzle, a concept not to be seen again until one century later.[22][23]

1779 compressed oxygen and hydrogen rocket motor Eramus Darwin.png


Is this feasible with the material of the time?

Does it have any potential??
 

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Liquid hydrogen is a nasty b**tch of a stuff for tanks and piping even in the present day.
-270°C, average, is hard on materials.
Not sure they could tame that SOB with 1770's tech level.
One glaring example: early hydrogen balloons. It did not end very well.

Edit: in passing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin–Wedgwood_family

My mind is blown. Talk about a brilliant family. IT is like the Simpsons having a dumb gene on males - except the other way around: smartass people.
 

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