Physicist Invents New Fusion Rocket Concept Written 1 February 2021


A concept image of a spacecraft powered by a fusion-driven rocket. | Credit: Pancotti; Wikimedia Commons

The Daily Mail (UK)  reported that Dr. Fatima Ebrahimi, a physicist at the Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, “has invented a new fusion rocket [concept] that could one day take humans to Mars.” The spacecraft would use “magnetic fields to shoot plasma particles from the back of the rocket and propel the craft through space.” New computer models have shown “that the new plasma thruster concept can generate exhaust with velocities of hundreds of kilometers per second, 10 times faster than those of other thrusters.” The “faster velocity at the beginning of a spacecraft’s journey could bring the outer planets within reach of astronauts, Ebrahimi said.”
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