Water, water everywhere
A rocket that never runs out of fuel is ready to revolutionize the exploration of space.
It's called World Is Not Enough (WINE), and instead of using fuel to fuel its movement,
"We could potentially use this technology to jump to the moon, making sure that water extracts water. from its current position and turn it into steam – and use it to propose a new destination, like something out of a forgotten novel by Jules Verne: Ceres, Europe, Titan, Pluto, the poles of Mercury, asteroids – wherever there is water and sufficiently low gravity, "University of Central researcher Phil Metzger said in a press release
The creation of the WINE prototype was a collaborative effort.
NASA financed the project. Honeybee Robotics built a prototype steam-powered spacecraft, which is the size of a microwave oven, with the help of researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Metzger carried out the necessary computer modeling and simulation for crafts, and when it came time to test WINE, UCF provided simulated asteroid materials for my craft.
The group filmed a successful demonstration of WINE, which he later shared via Twitter.
"It's great," said Metzger demo. "The WINE successfully extracted the ground, made propellant for rockets, and launched itself on a jet of steam extracted from the simulant."
We have demonstrated the prototype of the space vehicle WINE (the World Is Not Enough) in the void. The wine extracts water from the asteroids and uses it for steam propulsion. Thanks @DrPhiltill for asteroid simulator, doing all the simulations and being a fantastic PI and thanks to @NASA SBIR for funding it! pic.twitter.com/vrFB8WhEG
̵1; Kris Zacny (@kriszacny) 31 December 2018
Perpetual Exploration Machine
As we explored the solar system, we discovered a & # 39; abundance of water – it is on the moon, on other planets and even on the asteroids. As long as we could supply the fuel to get a job similar to that of WINE on one of these objects, a deployable solar panel would be able to feed the processes of extraction and production of steam necessary for movement.