Three day trip to Mars?

When it comes to discovering unknown areas in the universe, the main issue scientists are confronting is the reduced speed that the shuttles are capable of. NASA specialist Philip Lubin, a Physics Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, stated that he could solve this problem, which would give astronauts the opportunity to reach Mars in three days.

Nowadays space shuttles operate on liquid fuel. This system not only makes ships heavier but also inefficient, compared to the ones that operate on electromagnetic acceleration. “Electromagnetic acceleration is only limited by the speed of light while chemical systems are limited to the energy of chemical processes” declared Philip Lubin.

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The system developed by the scientist was called “The Impossible EM Drive” and gained the attention of many scientists around the world because it uses electromagnetic acceleration. NASA specialists stated that they could not figure out how the system worked and whether the concept was the result of a failed experiment or not.

Lubin states he can use the proton propulsion in order to send astronauts to the Red Planet. At this moment, the method is only at a theoretical level since it has not yet been tested in a laboratory. However, the American researcher thinks that there's a possibility to use light particles in order to set a space shuttle on its way.

According to Philip Lubin and to the analysis by the research team, with the aid of the proton propulsion, a 100kg space ship could reach Mars in no more than three days.

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In case they used a heavier vehicle (like the SLS for instance, the rocket that will transport the first astronauts to Mars) the traveling time would considerably increase by a few weeks.

The system Lubin is currently developing is expected to be used to reach other stars as well, to deliver probes from other planets, and to also give humanity a chance to look at the entire solar system. However, questions such as what would happen when a vehicle almost reaching the speed of light hits a meteorite remain something one should wonder about. Such questions could be answered as the project is further developed. #News #Government #Travel