A new concept of a rocket engine is proposed that can generate exhaust at a speed of hundreds of kilometers per second, which is 10 times faster than other engines.
Modern plasma engines use electric fields to move particles and create exhaust that propels the spacecraft forward, which does not allow a sufficiently strong specific impulse. However, a new concept by a physicist from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory of the US Department of Energy allows these restrictions to be removed using the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection..
Computer simulations have shown that such a plasma engine can generate exhaust at hundreds of kilometers per second by reconnecting magnetic lines, which produces a lot of energy that accelerates charged particles to very high speeds. Usually, similar effects occur in the course of thermonuclear fusion..
In the process of operation, such an engine will eject not only particles of charged gas, but also plasmoids (magnetic bubbles), which increase its power. The ability to control the magnetic field will also allow you to vary the thrust and use any type of gas.
According to calculations, the use of a new type of rocket engine can accelerate space travel by 10 times..
The next step is to create a prototype..
Scientists have developed a new type of rocket engine that will accelerate space travel by 10
Last month, we also announced the start of testing a new ramjet engine that will allow the aircraft to fly 16 times faster than the speed of sound..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: ITER