Plan Uses Plasma Beam for Space Travel
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 @ 03:37:37 GMT
Topic: Science

According to a story in Wired Magazine, a Washington researcher is proposing the use of plasma beams to propel spaceships.

Robert Winglee, a professor at the University of Washington, leads the team that's pioneering the concept of the Mag-beam, or magnetized-beam plasma propulsion. Plasma beam stations would be used at each end of an interplanetary flight path to speed up and slow down a spacecraft. The idea began receiving attention from NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts when the institute awarded $75,000 earlier this month to identify the challenges involved in implementing it. Read the rest of the story (now I sound like Paul Harvey), here: Mag Beam Story

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