Flight to Mars
“In 80 days around the world” – was the slogan in the old history of the development of technology. Now this task is formulated so: to achieve 40 days of the planet Mars. It sounds unbelievable, nonetheless it is quite real.
New rocket technology must already exist!
Firm Ad Astra Rocket Company earlier NASA astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz has developed a new rocket engine. Thus the electric energy and the magnetic field associated to the plasma that goes with a high fever. This beam plasma produces uniform and efficient cravings and needs in comparison with other types of engines only in a small amount of fuel.
With this new technology significantly increased the likelihood that a manned mission will continue to be our neighboring planet about 40 days is a small revolution in space flight.
The smallest distance between Mars and Earth is about 56 million km, the largest 401 million km.
Only recently NASA has implemented a change in the course of activities aimed at improving the technology of missiles. National mission control wants US to invest more money in technology development, engine, peacemakers became again the focus of the study. While 3 billion us dollars will be spent within the coming 5 years.
“Of course, we can’t even determine the exact period when the first people will fly to Mars, but Mars is our big goal for the long term,” said NASA chief Charles Bolden.
Still, people flying to Mars, were due to a large amount of fuel, to create in short time a strong impulse, however, at the same time significantly increases the cost of the flight. New technology allows you to create uniform and continuous momentum for a long period, which is much more effective.
“We believe that our technology has the greatest potential in the field of large traction forces,” said Tim Glover, chief Astra Rocket Company.
The biggest problem currently is to create a powerful drive. According to the study, for a 40-day trip to Mars would require approximately 200 MW of drive power.
In the company Astra suggest that the most likely driving force will be nuclear energy. However, a nuclear reactor, which can fly with a manned mission to Mars, currently exists only on paper.
Only at the end of last year, the program Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR)) reached goal in the study: a prototype of the VX-200 with capacity of 200 kilowatts can be manufactured. This is only one thousandth part of the performance that is needed for quick flight to Mars.
In the next few years, the VASIMR work will be focused on creating poljoprivrednih new prototypes. Technology and knowledge for a manned trip to Mars in 40 days available – however, way before the actual launch of such missiles is still a very, very long.