The EMDrive has reportedly been successfully tested in China in what could potentially become a future space travel method.
EMDRives have been the cause of numerous debates and controversies. The engine has been raising questions and confusion. Earlier this year, NASA went to confirm that such a device could work.
However, they are unsure how it would be able to do so. Now, Chinese scientists claim to have successfully tested such an engine.
But what is the EMDrive? It would be a reactorless spacecraft drive. The idea was first advanced back in 1999 by Roger Shawyer.
According to him, such an engine would work as follows. It would be able to saturate with microwave radiation a resonant cavity. The radiation would theoretically exert pressure on the cavity’s walls.
Such an engine would pose one major problem. If proven functional, it would blow to pieces currently withheld and tested physics principles.
The EMDrive would feature a truncated cone base. One of its ends would have to be bigger than the other. Such a shape should work as a microwave cavity.
Electromagnetic energy would send microwaves towards the narrow ends of the cone. They would strike the walls and create an electromagnetic resonance.
Traditional engines work by expelling mass. This produces a thrust which propels them. The EMDrive is reactionless. As such, it only uses electricity so as to generate movement.
Dr. Chen Yue went to release details about the Chinese report. Yue is the China ACA Director of Commercial Satellite Technology.
According to him, the Chinese researchers have generated their own such device. Reports also state that it was proven to be successful.
Official images of their engine have yet to be released. The EMDRive would have a low impulse. This would be coupled with a lack of space gravity. By also adding the low friction in space, it should ensure its high-speed functioning.
Tests have shown that the technology would also depend on other factors. The cavity’s temperature and material would also have an influence.
These elements would affect the electromagnetic field. Still, this could also demonstrate the drive’s efficiency. EMDrives could be developed based on superconducting materials.
China is reportedly planning on using such a technology on its future space missions. The nation is planning to start sending Mars, Jupiter, and Venus space missions. It will also start tracking asteroids.
Chinese scientists will also reportedly be testing the EMDrive compatibility with the Tiangong 2. This latter is the Chinese space station. It will be replacing the Tiangong 1, that will soon be decommissioned.
An EMDrive would also be a cheaper engine alternative. It would be excellent in space exploration because it also does not require refueling. They would run on a single power source. As such, they could be solar or reactor powered.
EMDrives could turn into highly-functional satellites. They would be able to abandon the use of thrusters, that have been known to cause issues.
By installing them on satellites, these would also be useful in orbital maneuvering. It would also help in altitude control.
It remains to be seen if China will release images of its EMDrive. Such pictures and test results could bring to life the “impossible engine”.
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