Proof of Concept Study for Inertial Propulsion System for Deep Space Exploration
Advisor: Oscar Lee Fellows
- Carlos Barron
Advanced propulsion systems are necessary to enthuse humanity and achieve global goals for deep space exploration and colonization. The most recent breakthroughs have multi-year operating lives, but the fuel supply is limited, expensive, and can be a risk. An efficient propellant for deep space exploration is one that does not use a limited fuel source or need to be replenished often. It can be easily transported, and has a small risk factor. Our proposed propulsion engine would use no propellant; instead it uses an electrical engine and inertial moments to develop vectored thrust from rotating masses. To test this concept, one geared system and one micro controlled system will be built.