An electromagnetic or EM propulsion drive in vacuum space could virtually facilitate space travel someday into deep space and the solar system, was tested by scientists at the NASA’s Johnson Space Centre.
With this breakthrough research, the scientists at NASA were able to successfully test EM propulsion in a hard vacuum for the very first time, whereas previous tests were channeled in atmospheric conditions.
Defying the Newtonian Law of Physics, the Newton’s Law of Conservation of Momentum has been defied, as the EM drive was prolifically carried out in a closed cavity.
The EM drive is anticipated to take a space vehicle to the moon in a matter of hours and enable even a trip to the neighboring Red Planet Mars in 70 days at a speed of light, NASASpaceFlight.com reported.
The EM drive research is at present, going on at the several various agencies and in space agencies of other nations. The aim is to devise a propellant-free propulsion structure. British, American and Chinese space programs scientist, have all been investigating procedures to utilize electromagnetic microwaves to enable production of electrical energy which can be directly converted into thrust.
Since 2001, NASA’s Eagleworks propulsion research group has been working to invent a device that can function in such a closed cavity for electrical energy conversion to be put into motion, without fuel requirement.
The Head of the Eagleworks group, Dr. Richard White, clarified that the propellant expulsion is not inevitably needed to balance the change in the momentum of the spacecraft.
He expounded, “EM Drive’s thrust was due to the Quantum Vacuum behaving like propellant ions behave in a Magneto Hydro Dynamics drive for spacecraft propulsion.”
This space domain breakthrough of travel has unlocked fresh possibilities of using as a fuel source, an alternative, virtual particles of quantum vacuum, thereby, eradicating the burdensome need of propellant usage.