Applications could extend to solar-powered robotic probes of all sorts (Image: Cannae)
According to one peer-reviewed paper, the EmDrive thruster was able to produce 720 mN of thrust from an electricity input of 2.5 kW (Photo: EmDrive)
A reactionless drive could vastly improve the cost of satellite launch and operation (Image: Cannae)
The thruster appears to work by resonating microwave radiation to produce a net force (Image: Cannae)
Salient characteristics of the EmDrive compared to a more conventional ion propulsion system (Image: EmDrive)
According to a puzzling report, a new thruster design appears to be able to accelerate a craft without the use of propellant (Image: Cannae)
A NASA study has recently concluded that the "Cannae Drive," a disruptive new method of space propulsion, can produce small amounts of thrust without the use of propellant, in apparent discordance with Newton's third law. According to its inventor, the device can harness microwave radiation inside a resonator, turning electricity into a net thrust. If further verified and perfected, the advance could revolutionize the space industry, dramatically cutting costs for both missions in deep space and satellites in Earth orbit.
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