A 19-year-old Egyptian university student called
Aisha Mustafa has invented a propulsion device intended to offer
spacecrafts a new method and cheaper means of energy consumption.
The propulsion device promises chances of using quantum physics and
chemical reactions in artificial satellites, instead of the current
radioactive-based jets and ordinary rocket engines.
Mustafa’s device is based on a scientific mix between quantum physics, space technology, chemical reactions and electrical sciences.
Mustafa said the inventions generates energy for space vehicles from electric
energy formed by Casimir-polder force, which occurs between separate
surfaces and objects in a vacuum and by the zero-point energy considered
as the lowest state of energy.
The device uses reflective panels for additional force which resembles photovoltaic solar cells.
At present, artificial satellites, spacecrafts and space vehicles depend
on rocket gas engines that use forced gas at a supersonic speed, or
chemical reactions rockets propelled by solid or liquid fuels such as
radionuclide or petroleum. Others use electrically propelled probes,
which depend on thrusting force via accelerating ions.
The physics student at Sohag University told EGYNews agency she has patented the device with Egyptian Academy of scientific Research and Technology (ASRT).
The invention is related to a hypothetical concept of a jet propulsion
called “Differential Sail”, theoretically created by NASA’s retired
professor Marc G. Millis -- who led NASA breakthrough propulsion physics
Dr. Ahmed Fikry, Mustafa’s supervisor, said the
invention would be highly beneficial in several fields and areas of
industries once adopted.
The 19-year-old says she aims at testing
her invention at major scientific research organisations hence the
possibility of applying it in upcoming space missions.
The new invention, analysts say, is expected to make space travels, easier, cheaper and faster in future.Source:
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