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NASA successfully tests revolutionary missile engine that will accelerate humans' arrival in Mars

 


NASA successfully 

tests revolutionary missile engine

that will accelerate humans' arrival in Mars


Many space companies plan to transport humans to Mars in the near future

but this goal faces many challenges about fast long-distance space travel.


In a major step to move heavy loads through the solar system in a short time

NASA just

 announced a successful test of an innovative rocket engine 

with enough thrust to get us to the Red Planet.



The RDRE prototype at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama

 set new records for this technology, achieving 25,810 Newtons of 

251 seconds of propulsion.


This exceeds the 17,800 Newton thrust achieved by the rocket engine

 in 2022 for about a minute, with validated results in early 2023.


Finally, NASA aims to build a 44kN RDRE engine that is fully reusable to 

improve conventional liquid rocket engines.



"RDRE offers a huge leap in design efficiency," 

says combustion device engineer Thomas Tesley who leads

 the RDRE project at the Marshall Space Flight Center.


What makes RDRE so revolutionary is that it uses a continuous explosion that

orbits a ring-shaped channel, fed with a mixture of fuel and oxygen that

 ignites with each explosion passing.


This technology has been in development for years

and in laboratory tests since 2020, but only now have scientists shown it

 to be stable and manageable enough to be used in actual rockets to take

 us into space.


More importantly

the RDRE engine uses less propellant than conventional rocket engines

and is simpler in terms of machinery and machinery. This means that

 going to space becomes cheaper, and traveling farther is possible.


Space exploration is known to cost a lot, and this will represent a significant

upgrade in terms of the amount of fuel needed to cross long distances.


It should also be noted that 

NASA has used 3D printing techniques to

 produce customized machine parts strong enough to withstand

 the intense heat and pressure involved in RDRE design.


Engineers behind the test say they now have a better understanding of 

how to expand and adapt combustion to support different levels of propulsion

different types of engine system, and different categories of tasks.


NASA hopes that

 the first man can set foot on Mars sometime in the 1930s.


There are still many obstacles to overcome with regard to access to Mars 

and survival once humans get there, but an effective means of payment helps 

solve the most important obstacles.


"This shows that we are closer to making lightweight propulsion systems that 

allow us to send more mass and payload into deep space, which is a critical

element of NASA's vision from the Moon to Mars," Tesley notes.