Although it is said to be an impossible one, the microwave propulsion system that takes benefits of quantum effects has been tested by NASA to evolve a small amount of thrust, giving birth to an avenue for faster and cheaper spaceflight.
It seems like the impossible space propulsion technology does work, after all the efforts that NASA took to test the same. NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s researchers have found that the thruster system of a microwave that needs no propellant does give birth to thrust in small amounts, as reported by Wired on 31st July 2014 (Thursday).
If the technology proves to be a successful one, spaceflight might get cheaper as well as speedier, as said by the advocates.
To put a light on their research work, NASA team wrote, “Test results indicate that the RF [radio frequency] resonant cavity thruster design, which is unique as an electric propulsion device, is producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon and, therefore, is potentially demonstrating an interaction with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma.”
The hard work of researchers was presented at Cleveland’s 50th Joint Propulsion Conference, where the entire test was discussed, broadly.