Who wants to violate the laws of physics? NASA, that’s who.

Well, not so much “violate” as… “steal their lunch?” I don’t know.

Anyway, say there was a way to build a thruster for a spacecraft that only needed electricity to operate. No combustible fuel required, just plain old electricity. But also say that for this thing to work it had to use a principle some scientists thought was actually impossible.

…but what if they built one, and got it to work?

That’s sort of what seems to have happened. Wired has the full story, and the physics are a bit beyond me. But imagine the possibilities of a world where satellites could reposition themselves indefinitely until their solar panels broke. Where spacecrafts could be made lighter because they wouldn’t need to carry as much fuel.

It’s a pretty cool idea.

Via Wired.co.uk

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

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