Details of one of NASA’s secret projects was revealed to the public. leaked documents revealed that NASA has invented a revolutionary new engine system.
NASA scientists are working on a revolutionary new engine system that defies conventional laws of physics and could propel a spacecraft to Mars in as little as 70 days.
The EmDrive prototype – also knows as the Impossible Engine – was revealed in a leaked report by the US space agency.
The technology seems to defy physics – specifically Newton’s Third Law stating that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Because instead of expelling explosive gases one way so a rocket shoots the other way the EmDrive is totally self-contained and expels nothing.
NASA use what they call a resonant cavity thruster which has allowed an experimental prototype to move through space without expelling matter to push against.
Their EmDrive, first proposed back in 1999 by British inventor Roger Shawyer, is powered by particles of light and microwaves that ricochet inside a sealed cone-shaped chamber.
And, somehow, the movement of the particles and waves generates thrust, driving the engine forward.
NASA’s peer-reviewed EM Drive paper was published under the title, “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum” as an open-access “article in advance” in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s Journal of Propulsion and Power.
As per Shawyer’s original estimates, the unprecedented efficiency of the EM Drive could send a rocket to Mars in only 10 weeks.
Details of the experiment, which was carried out at the Johnson Space Centre, have been published in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Journal of Propulsion and Power.
It describes how engineers have carried out a series of tests in a vacuum environment that have so far proved remarkably successful.
The technology could propel an object through space at far greater speeds than laser and solar powered crafts that are under development.
Physicists are still confused about how exactly the engine can propel itself forward without using any fuel.
But crucially, the results of the testing have been peer-reviewed, suggesting much of the research is credible and could form the basis of a trial in space.