6/08/2012

Egyptian Teenager Patens Next-Generation Propulsion System


Egyptian teenager, Aisha Mustafa has patented a next-generation propulsion system that could send spacecraft to other solar systems, without using a single drop of fuel.  While it is not quite warp-drive technology, the young physicist's system is based on quantum physics and could see mankind boldly go where no man has gone before.


Her propulsion system gets rid of traditional rocket boosters in favor of a more futuristic concept.  Mustafa's idea works on the principle that space is not a vacuum.  Instead, it is filled with a rolling sea of particles and anti-matter particles that are created and then destroy themselves in a blink of an eye.


Mustafa believes that this quantum effect can be harnessed via the dynamic Casimir effect.  This utilizes a "moving mirror" cavity, where two reflective flat plates are held close together and then manipulated in order to interact with the quantum particles.  By moving the plates (which are made of silicon), energy is created out of nothing and a net force is created which would be used to push, pull or propel a spacecraft.


Sohag University has already aided her with the patent application and she has already said she intends to keep developing the system before it is tested in outer space.  In order for her to see her dream become reality, Mustafa will need to relocate to a country with a space program.