Beijing time on March 3rd morning news, two well-known physicists announced this week, will be launched by the Kickstarter to raise the public, to raise funds for the next round of antimatter.
In early 2003, the two physicists had introduced preliminary concepts about the use of antimatter power deep space travel. At that time, they believe that in 20 years, humans will need deep space travel, and a lightweight approach will be necessary. Finally, the use of anti matter will help to achieve this goal.
What is the matter? Antimatter is a kind of material quality and usually exactly the same, but the opposite charge material. Antimatter atoms by anti proton, neutron and positron (anti ordinary electrons are negatively charged). When atoms collide with atoms of antimatter and matter usually when two atoms will annihilate and release enormous energy. Scientists are hoping to this energy for spacecraft propulsion.
In the ideas of these two scientists, using the hydrodynamic propulsor ships need only 17 grams of antimatter to one tenth of the spacecraft are accelerated to the speed of light, from the earth to the Centaur seat -- alpha star located 4.37 light-years from Earth requires only 40 years.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN (LHC)
This time, Jackson and Hovey's Hbar Technologies hopes to raise $200 thousand through the Kickstarter, for the further development of the theory. Ideally, this financing will help them create a platform capable of measuring the antimatter propulsion system may thrust machine. They also think that the actual manufacturing antimatter propulsion system could cost about $100 million.
Even if the antimatter propulsion system can work in theory, making antimatter engines still faces other obstacles. For example, the antimatter state is not stable, don't let them come into contact with other substances when saving the antimatter, so how to save the antimatter will become a big problem. If the anti matter contact to the storage tank, a catastrophic nuclear explosion will.
Jackson and Hovey antimatter propulsion spacecraft envisaged
If the success of the public to raise, the final completion of the study, Jackson believes, is 0.4 times faster than the speed of light spacecraft will become a reality in 20 to 30 years. At present, the team just announced plans to Kickstarter officially launched to raise the public, and all the chips have to wait until next month.