Being able to travel without the need for traditional fuel is a goal of scientists and environmentalists everywhere, and until just now was mostly thought of as a pathetic pipe dream by fringe scientists who saw their fields as more of a religion. But as usual, the science once thought impossible has turned into the possible practically overnight as a quantum vacuum plasma thruster has been shown to function as once hypothesized.
No More Fuel: The Reality of Quantum Vacuum Plasma Thruster
Don’t get too excited yet. We’re not talking about trains, planes, or automobiles. We’re talking about spaceships. The quantum vacuum plasma thruster might very well change the future of spaceflight and open up new avenues of research into murky areas of science.
So what is this absurd-sounding quantum vacuum plasma thruster? The idea was conceived by a UK scientist, Roger Shawyer. Although everyone thought his ideas on converting electric force to thrust were insane and in violation of the Law of Conservation of Momentum, a Chinese team quickly mirrored his prototypes and the results were reproduced. Naturally, we’re American and don’t trust anything anyone else is doing (because, like, we’re like, the best), so it wasn’t until NASA did the same thing that this really became news. This device, called the EmDrive, will likely now become widely followed and appreciated as it needs no fuel.
To be fair, we’re not talking about a warp drive. This device and the technology that makes it work won’t be taking us beyond our solar system anytime soon. It may not use fuel, but it also doesn’t create enough thrust to move something fast. NASA has readily admitted that they know it works, but have no real idea how. The physics behind it are theoretical, and nothing is definite.
How about it–Are we ready to transition into a spacefaring civilization for real with the quantum vacuum plasma thruster, or will we continue to stumble along and waste millions of dollars on fuel? It should be fun to follow the fallout from the scientific community as they probe and pick apart this news.