NASA is constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to changing people’s perceptions of space and space travel. That’s why it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if NASA announced today that they found an improved method of space travel that would make it safer, faster, and more human-friendly. The benefits would be resounding, and virtually all of humanity would benefit from such a technology. That’s where EM Drive comes into the equation.
This modified method of space travel would put older, and traditional methods of technology in the rearview mirror, and give entities like NASA the ability to truly experience space travel, as it should be at this stage.
EM Drive is what many scientists and researchers believe is at the absolute fringe of possibility, in terms of making it work. However, the teams involved have proven with ease that it’s entirely possible. The notion of bringing technology like this, that doesn’t use traditional propulsion methods, is entirely possible and something that will actually help change the way space aviation is not only executed but how its built and designed.
The first thing that should be noted is that EM Drive doesn’t coincide with traditional methods of propulsion. Specifically, it doesn’t align with Newton’s law, which is somewhat surprising given the fact that it’s the fundamental building block of basic travel. Essentially, that is to say that if you use energy to push in one direction, you’ll move the other direction. However, this method of propulsion bounces molecules around a chamber that ultimately end in the same result. Tests have been conducted on this method, and it has been proven effective.
To give people an idea of just how much faster this would make space travel, they have to look no further than the moon. Specifically, it would take roughly 4 hours of travel time to actually arrive at the moon when coming from Earth. The travel time that this type of method would reduce is simply something that cannot be spoken highly enough of. It will reduce the length of travel, cost, and even the human cost for those who decide to travel like this.
Organizations like NASA need to focus on these types of methods of travel, simply given the fact that NASA is facing increasing funding issues. Correcting these issues with more efficient methods of travel will prove not only to be cost-effective, but also “effective,” from top-to-bottom. This is something that will definitely see more energy and more fight from the science and space aviation community, as they pursue more effective ways to learn about outer space.