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February 01, 2011

New Type of Spaceship

Astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz has been working diligently over the past 4 decades developing a nuclear reactor and liquid hydrogen powered space craft that could possibly reach speeds of up to 123,000 MPH! Diaz's main goal is to someday be able to fly to Mars with his new space craft, but as of right now he will settle for the smaller tasks NASA is willing to let him try. Some of these tasks include acting as garbage men in space. The gathering of space junk in our atmosphere needs to be cleaned up before it gets in the way of some of our more important Space machines. Diaz's new way of powering space crafts could revolutionize the industry.

Here is the link!
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-10/123000-mph-plasma-engine-could-finally-take-astronauts-mars

Posted by pjwake at February 1, 2011 12:17 AM

Comments

This reminds me of what we heard in class about the spacecraft with sails that do not need rocket fuel but instead convert light into momentum and are therefore pushed along. It's amazing to see how advanced space technology is getting. Who knows? Maybe someday we'll have spacecraft that can travel closer to the speed of light than we ever thought possible.

Posted by: brdoss at February 1, 2011 03:17 PM

Yeah, this is similar to the idea of using anti- matter as fuel..
I read an article about NASA saying that research was taking place to replace rocket fuel. Just a small amount of anti matter would be able to sustain a space mission while a LOT more rocket fuel is required. This would decrease the weight of a ship IMMENSELY. However, there is a disadvantage in the possible release of gamma rays which we have learnt in class to be lethal due to the high frequency nature of the waves.

Posted by: jnana at February 7, 2011 05:25 PM

That is amazing that he could possibly build something that fast by himself (presumably with a little help, though). How long would it take him to get to Mars going that fast? I think it's interesting that there needs to be "garbage men" in space. But, I was wondering, what do they do with the junk they pick up? I don't think there are any landfills in space...

Posted by: hartadam at February 17, 2011 03:28 PM

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