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Just caught this on Slashdot. Magnetic engine prototype?

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posted on Oct, 16 2005 @ 11:03 PM
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Just caught this on Slashdot..

slashdot.org...

The actual article is here..

babelfish.altavista.com...://diepresse.at/Artikel.aspx?channel=h&ressort=ws&id=512951&lp=de_en

Translated by babelfish.

Interesting eh? Trying to get more info on this.




posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 01:21 AM
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That's interesting. It sounds like a 90 percent fuel reduction for rockets and spacecraft has been achieved in actual tests (I assume with the same level of thrust). If satellite fuel takes up to 50 percent of the weight for a satellite, big changes could be coming. I am wondering if this technology might be applied to vehicles.



posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 01:42 AM
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No just space craft I believe it was talking about Ion Engines, it would only reduce fuel consumption relative to the fuel savings on the Sats onboard manuevering thruster, thats what I got out of it anyway. I doubt this will cut fuel consumption of boosters by 1 % let alone 90 %. It is really a horrible translation btw.



posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 01:43 AM
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Am I the only one to think its what powers the UFO's? The man made ones of course...

Abstract - It was in 1942, when the later Nobel laureate Hannes Alfvén [wikipedia.org] published a letter, stating, that oscillating magnetic fields can accelerate ionised matter via magneto hydrodynamic interactions in a wave like fashion. These waves were later called "Alfvén waves [wikipedia.org]", in honour of their discoverer. Although the evidence for Alfvén's hypothesis came already rather early with the observation of certain plasma phenomena, such as being connected with high solar wind Wolf-Rayet stars, more than 60 years had to pass by before a technical implementation of Alfvén waves for propulsive purposes was proposed for the first time.

The name of the concept, utilising Alfvén waves to accelerate ionised matter for propulsive purposes, is MOA - Magnetic field Oscillating Amplified thruster. Alfvén waves are generated by making use of two coils, one being permanently powered and serving also as magnetic nozzle, the other one being switched on and off in a cyclic way, deforming the field lines of the overall system.

It is this deformation that generates Alfvén waves, which are in the next step used to transport and compress the propulsive medium, in theory leading to a propulsion system with a much higher performance than any other electric propulsion system.

Based on computer simulations, which we conducted to get a first estimate on the performance of the system, MOA is a highly flexible propulsion system, whose performance parameters might easily be adapted, by changing the mass flow and/or the power level. As such the system is capable to deliver a maximum specific impulse of 13116 s (12.87 mN) at a power level of 11.16 kW, using Xe [wikipedia.org] as propellant, but can also be attuned to provide a thrust of 236.5 mN (2411 s) at 6.15 kW of power.

Although a dual-use system, space propulsion is expected to be the prime application for MOA. As MOA works best in high-power mode and with ionised matter, utilisation concepts range from a high-efficient Nuclear Electric Propulsion System, to an 'afterburner' for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Systems. This wide range of applications makes MOA a unique accessory for any nuclear propulsion system to overcome specific concept drawbacks, allowing a full-fledged hybrid nuclear propulsion system, with attune able thrust / specific impulse parameters, perfectly suited for nearly all types of space missions.

This article will be presented on Friday, October 21 2005, 08h30m at the 56th International Astronautical Congress [iac2005.org] in Fukuoka, Japan.



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