China National Space Administration has announced that it has successfully developed Electromagnetic Drive, which is a spacecraft propulsion technology. Popularly known as EmDrive, it is a very controversial tech and was said to be near impossible to develop. Even NASA couldn’t come with a successful outcome with EmDrive.
Until now, EmDrive was just a hypothetical technology that works by emitting microwaves in a cone shaped engine. This enacts as a propulsion system and makes the engine move forward. The best part about the EmDrive technology is that it doesn’t require the rocket to store fuel at all. NASA has tried to make the technology that doesn’t follow the laws of physics, but China claims to have successfully carried out tests using EmDrive.
It was also revealed by the officials that more tests are being conducted aboard China’s Tiangong-2 space station using EmDrive. Dr Chen Yue, head of the communication satellite division at the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), told the International Business Times UK that the National research institutions have carried out a series of long-term tests on the EmDrive in recent years.
He further added that they have successfully developed several specifications of multiple prototype principles. The establishment of an experimental verification platform to complete the milli-level micro thrust measurement test, as well as several years of repeated experiments and investigations into corresponding interference factors, confirmed that in this type of thrusters, thrust exists.
It is claimed by China that they have been working on this technology for past five years. But Science Alert reported that no proof or paperwork is available to support the claim of carrying out a successful mission using EmDrive.
If implemented, the technology can take space technology leaps ahead. Space travel for astronauts will become extremely swift. While it takes three to four months to reach Mars now, EmDrive would help reduce the time to just a month. Pluto can also be reached within 18 months against 12 years taken with current technology.
Source: International Business Times