(ORDO NEWS) — Long distance interstellar travel is still incomprehensible to humanity. For all the time, only a few spaceships managed to leave the solar system – Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. The list may be expanded soon: experts from Johns Hopkins University have found a way to carry out interstellar flights.
Even the most advanced spacecraft cannot leave the solar system and then return without problems in a reasonable amount of time. It took Voyager 1 36 years to complete the mission. The Johns Hopkins University team set itself the goal of developing a probe that would take half the time. Note that the distance to be covered is 50 billion miles.
According to NASA scientists, achieving the goal will be realistic when using the thermal energy of the luminary, which will power the spacecraft. Experts are already working on equipment equipped with solar panels. To prove the effectiveness of the technology, a simulator in the form of a shipping container was used, which was equipped with thousands of LEDs. The simulator emitted energy comparable to twenty suns.
The work of engineers will make it possible to create a ship that will be able to fly up to the star and not flare up. NASA estimates that the equipment will be able to stay in an environment with a temperature of about + 2500 ° C for 2.5 hours. Exact technical calculations will be completed by the end of 2021. In 2022, specialists will be able to start creating the apparatus.
If the project is successfully implemented, it will be possible to look in more detail into other worlds. Ufologists cherish the hope of finding alien life forms.
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