In a recent article, we had spoken about the upcoming South Australian start-up Neumann Space and its innovative product Neumann Drive. The spacecraft thruster not only has the potential to remove fragmented rocket parts, defunct spacecraft, and other space junk, but also feeds on metal junk to power itself over long distances.
It is great news that Neumann Space has been selected to demonstrate technology for its metal-eating spacecraft thruster at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in South Australia in September.
The 68th IAC will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in the South Australian capital Adelaide from September 25 to September 28. Up to 4,000 delegates are expected to attend including the heads of all the major space agencies and Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk.
Neumann Drive has the ability to power a spacecraft from Earth’s atmosphere to Mars and back on a single block of magnesium but could also use a variety of other metals.
This means that traveling to Mars will no more be a distant dream. In fact, the spacecraft thruster can also be used to send a payload station to one of its moons as a fuel stop for spacecraft on long journeys into deep space.
To explore more read: Spacecraft thruster that can remove space junks and turn them into rocket fuel