BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Without a doubt, we have come a long way since we managed to place the first satellite into orbit. And all these feats were achieved by using the chemical propulsion engine, probably one of the most important inventions in the history of mankind after the wheel. As of now, we are taking the necessary steps into conquering yet another frontier: space. According to NASA, interstellar travel can be achieved with photonic propulsion.
Although we are very far from constructing the warp factor engine, the scientists are still trying to come up with solutions to shorten space trips. One of these ideas comes directly from the University of California.
Doctor Phillip Lubin, a professor teaching theoretical physics at the prestigious academy, might have come up with an interesting plan about what can be done in order to shorten the length of a space trip. According to the physics professor, the chemical propulsion technology will soon become obsolete, leaving room for a new type of concept.
As we know, in order to travel to the outskirts of our own Solar System or to another system, we need to devise engines which are able to achieve near-to-light speeds. Such a device is possible in theory, and the latest research has even proved that such speed can be attainable.
Unfortunately, all of these demonstrations were conducted in lab conditions, and the scientists worked only with subatomic particles. The major question raised in this situation is the following: can we take this technology and use it in order to create a device large enough to propel large crafts into space?
Well, according to Doctor Lubin, this thing will be possible, and he even had the courtesy of showing us how it can be done. In his paper presented before the scientific community, the physics professor described a new type of propulsion device called DEEP IN or Directed Propulsion for Interstellar Propulsion.
In theory, the propulsion system can be used in order to slingshot small manned craft to remote location. Moreover, space trips like the one to Mars will take only three days, not 6 months. How is this thing possible you ask?
Let’s take a closer look at Lubin’s innovative project. As expected, the DEEP IN engine will not use rockets or any type of device attributed to chemical propulsion. And it’s erroneous to say that the craft will have a propulsion system. The whole thing will remain on Earth or aboard the ISS.
Using strong electromagnets, the device can use a concentrated and coherent photonic beam in order to shoot the craft into space. In theory, the device is able to impregnate any craft with near-to-light speed velocities.
The craft itself will also carry a set of mirrors or reflectors which are used to capture the focused photonic beam. Of course, there are other uses for this type of technology. For example, the photonic technology can be used in order to detect the presence of other civilizations.
A professor at the University of California proved that interstellar travel can be achieved with photonic propulsion. Naturally, NASA has taken a great interest in the professor’s paper, and it is currently working on a way to implement this novel idea.