Pioneer Test for Fusion-Powered Spaceship Propulsion Successful

James Eliazer Apr 08, 2013 08:04 PM EDT

Fusion powered rocket is currently built by University of Washington researchers and Scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company.

So the major aspect of this rocket is enabling the astronauts to travel to Earth's neighboring planet Mars within weeks instead of months. Significantly the sped is faster than the realistic level.

At present the fuels speed used by the rockets would take about few years for this journey, but researchers have certified this new fusion technology that it will take in 30 to 90 days.

In every test taken is lab ended successful and now the scientist are planning for the final grand outlay.

"Using existing rocket fuels, it's nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth," said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. "We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace."

The whole team has embedded this fusion by a special type of plasma that will be wrapped in magnetic field. When the plasma trampled with high pressure by the magnetic field, nuclear fusion takes place.

Till now the process has been going successful, the final test to be done by the end of this summer.

The fusion driven rocket is in the plasma dynamics lab with a green chamber. It is covered by two large strength aluminum magnets. These magnets are powered by energy storage capacitors, through many cables connected to them.

In trial the powerful magnets creates a large metal rings surrounding the plasma to implode, which will compress it to the point of fusion. To do this process it takes only few minutes and this will be enough to release heat and ionize the rings that form a shell around plasma.

NASA funded this full fusion research project in hoping a better result that technology would ultimately replace rocket fuel and yield to much faster spacecraft's that ever built in times. Scientist says that a grain amount from the plasma is equal to a gallon of rocket fuel. 




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