Sep 18, 18 / Sco 09, 02 16:28 UTC
Is Space Propulsion Possible Without Fuel? ¶
Today we have news for discussion:
Could the spacecraft and satellites of the future be launched into space without fuel?
Scientists at the UK’s University of Plymouth say that it’s a distinct possibility. Fortunately, they will spend the next four years testing this idea, with the help of a $1.3 million grant from the United States Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).
The grant recipient is Dr. Mike McCullough, who first hypothesized that light can be converted into thrust in 2007. The gist of his idea is called quantized inertia (QI) and it lies in the difference in the intensity of Unruh radiation in space, known as the Unruh waves. According to the hypothesis, if a damper is placed above the object, it will be propelled upward.
Do you think propulsion without fuel is possible? If so, how significant will the drop in cost be compared to fuel rockets?
How much do you think the transportation of say 100 Kilos of cargo would cost?
What's more, the new engine will need a source of electric energy — where do you think it will come from? Are solar panels the only option?
And do you think there will be some kind of an emergency reserve energy source?
Let's discuss in the comments below.