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To the edge of the solar system: Researchers want to get to it with technology


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To the edge of the solar system: Researchers want to get to it with technology

Will a new rocket engine take us to the limits of the solar system?

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Konstantin Kruger

Updated: May 3, 2021 – 6:40 p.m.

With a new type of rocket engine, we humans can very soon reach the limits of our solar system. This is what researchers from the United States claim.

Mankind has come a long way as a species. Today we can travel across a vast area, but even with our advanced technology, our range of motion is still very limited. It could help a new type of rocket engine. Researchers from the United States believe that it will be among us To the edge of the solar system Can fetch.


Solar System Edge: An Elusive Target?

Space is an enormous human achievement, but our resources are still very limited. Thanks to our technology, we can travel to the moon and perhaps soon to Mars with tremendous effort, but there we really have reached our limits. With electric drive systems, powered by solar energy, we can explore the region around our planet, but everything farther from Jupiter is difficult to reach.

That’s what scientists at the Princeton Laboratory of Plasma Physics and Princeton Satellite Systems think, and so they’re developing a new fusion-based engine for space rockets. The mentioned Popular Mechanics Journal. The researchers say a “nuclear-based system” is the only potential breakthrough in space propulsion.

A fusion engine could be the answer

The fusion engine dubbed “Direct Fusion Drive” (DFD) is supposed to be to me Scientists theoretically report the ability to accelerate spaceships to speeds of up to 44 kilometers per second. This means that it will be possible to reach the farthest planet on the edge of our solar system (Neptune) in less than a decade.

In an engine, deuterium is ionized and injected into a magnetic tank. Nuclear fusion then takes place at the core of the engine, heating the propellant, causing it to expand and generate thrust for the spaceship. For now, DFD is nothing more than a concept, but it once again proves just how much potential there is in fusion energy.

Recently, an invisible plane was discovered in our solar system that had not been previously observed by anyone. The solar system animation shows you where the true center is.

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