A new concept of a solar flare rocket engine has been created

The device will use magnetic fields to force plasma particles to be electrically charged

gas, also known as the fourth state of matter, power the ship and, due to the conservation of momentum, move it forward.

Modern space-tested plasma thrusters use electric fields to move particles.

The new concept will accelerate particles usingmagnetic attachment - a process that is observed throughout the universe, in particular on the surface of the sun: this is when the magnetic field lines converge, suddenly separate, and then reconnect, producing energy. Reconnection also occurs inside fusion devices known as tokamaks.

I have been preparing the concept for some time.This idea came to my mind in 2017 when I was sitting on the deck thinking about how similar the exhaust from a car and the high speed exhaust particles created by the National Spherical Torus Experiment PPPL (NSTX) are. During its operation, this tokamak produces magnetic bubbles called plasmoids, which move at a speed of about 20 km per second, which seemed to me very similar to thrust.

Fatima Ebrahimi, concept inventor and article author

Thermonuclear fusion, the energy that leads tothe movement of the sun and stars, unites light elements in the form of plasma - a hot, charged state of matter, which consists of free electrons and atomic nuclei: this makes up 99% of the visible Universe.

Scientists are striving to reproduce thermonuclear fusion on Earth in order to have an almost inexhaustible source of energy for the production of electricity.

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