That sounds good: NASA could reach 99% of the speed of light, according to a report. Here’s how

Credit image: NASA - The 'Helical Engine' works by exploiting the way mass can change at relativistic speeds
Credit image: NASA - The 'Helical Engine' works by exploiting the way mass can change at relativistic speeds

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 22 April 2022, at 10:05 am Los Angeles time

We may not have reached Mars, but we are not far away.

We could even reach Neptune in 4 hours! This is due to a new invention that could take us anywhere in the Universe without fuel.

NASA engineer David Burns has developed an engine concept that can reach a speed equal to 99% of the speed of light.

The invention is called the Helical Engine and will probably be the "car of the future" for us.

It will take us only 4 hours to reach Neptune and only 12.5 minutes to reach Mars. As for our closest natural satellite, the Moon, it will only take us 1.3 seconds to reach it from Earth.

Burns presented his invention in an easier to understand way:

It featured a box with a weight inside threaded on a line and spring at both ends that lifted the weight back and forth.

In space (that is, in a vacuum), we have the impression that the weight "shakes" and twists the box, but the weight seems to remain motionless.

The box stays in the same position, but if the weight of the weight increases in one direction, then it would push more in that direction.

However, the concept of impulse conservation clarifies us better, stating that what we observe is not entirely imaginable, but correct.

It states that the impulse of a system remains constant in the absence of external influences/forces.

But, it is not so easy, the special reality says something more. According to the theorem, things gain more mass as they approach the speed of light.

Burns states that if the weight is replaced with ions and the box is a loop, ions can move faster at one end of the loop and slower at the other.

Only that the Burns' engine is not a loop, but a helical.

Also, the experiment must be strong according to Burns.

It takes 165 megawatts of power to generate 1 newton of force, this is equal to the force you use to press a button (on the elevator, on the keyboard, etc.).

In addition, the engine should be very large, according to Burns. 

In any case, all the performance of this engine can be done in space and in no case on Earth. For everything to go well, everything must take place in a space without friction forces.

Conclusion: The invention will be one of the future and we will probably be able to get very far with it, it is a smart invention, but we need time. For such a powerful engine you need an equally powerful spaceship.

In addition, some experiments need to be done before we can travel on this ship.

Source: NTRS 

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