After undergoing freefall tests in a NASA plane, the RINGS propulsion system will now be put through its paces on the ISS
The RINGS mounted on MIT's SPHERE robots
Rendering of RINGS and the SPHERE robots (Image: NASA)
A RINGS unit (Image: NASA)
The RINGS team from the University of Maryland
Graduate student Allison Kyeong Porter and Associate Professor Ray Sedwick prepare the RINGS
Astronauts on the International Space Station are testing a new propulsion system ... inside the station. While this might seem like the height of recklessness, this particular system doesn't use rockets or propellants. Developed in the University of Maryland's Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory, this new electromagnetic propulsion technology called the Resonant Inductive Near-field Generation System (RINGS) uses magnetic fields to move spacecraft as a way to increase service life and make satellite formation flying more practical.
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