Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Mirror.co.uk - News - MARS IN 3HRS

Mirror.co.uk - News - MARS IN 3HRS: "SCIENTISTS believe they can reach the final frontiers of space using a Star Trek-style 'hyperdrive'.

They say it is possible to build a device which will propel a spacecraft to Mars in just three hours - and the next solar system in less than three months.

The design is based on ideas of a German physicist who modified Albert Einstein's theories.

Burkhard Heim said it was possible to create a multidimensional world in which the forces of gravity and electromagnetism are fused together.

Testing the idea would require a huge ring rotating above a super-conducting coil to generate an intense magnetic field.

A large enough current and magnetic field should cause the ring to rise and gather speed. A paper drawing on the theory last year won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Future Flight prize.

At least one space propulsion scientist thinks it may be possible to make the idea reality.

Roger Lenard, of Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, runs a powerful X-ray generator known as the Zmachine.

He told New Scientist magazine that it could 'probably generate the necessary field intensities and gradients'."

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