Come one, come and see all the future of the space travel: steam power!
Do not seriously; Half a century after the first world missionary mission with the crew, it seemed that the interplanetary trip finally came into the heat of the war. Scientists from the Central Florida University (UCF) have teamed up with Honeybee Robotics, a private space exploration and mining company based in California, to develop a small spacecraft on a vaporous propulsion plant directly from the asteroids, planets and moons.
By continuously converting alien water into steam, this microwave-sized landing device could theoretically be supplied with an unspecified number of missions that will skip the planet through the galaxy – as long as they are always hiding somewhere with H2O for taking. [Hyperloop, Jetpacks & More: 9 Futuristic Transit Ideas]
"We could potentially use this moon-jumping technology, Ceres, Europe, Titan, Pluto, Mercury poles, asteroids – wherever there are enough water and low gravity," Phil Metzger, UCF Space Scientist and one of the main minds that stand behind the ship Steampunk, according to a statement. Metzger added that such a self-sufficient spacecraft could explore the universe forever.
Metzger and his colleagues call the WINE Lane (abbreviated as World Is Not Enough), and the prototype of the vessel recently completed its first test mission on the simulated surface of the asteroid in California. Using a compact drilling rig, the hunter successfully minced a fake water comet, turned it into a rocket launcher and launched it into the air using a pair of steam locomotives.
While the phrase "steamship" can initially cause rusty screws with screws and bolts, technology behind VINA is far more complex than it sounds. For a prototype to work properly, Metzger has spent three years developing new models of computer steam propulsion and equations to help VINO optimize its business in response to different gravity requirements. If a robot like WINE ever reaches the universe, the built-in solar panels could provide the initial energy needed to start drilling operations outside the world.
A successful test drive is a great feather in WINE's top-hat hat, but it's still a long way before Lander can test it in a real space environment. NASA sees value in a potentially self-contained spacecraft and helps finance early project phases; Now, engineers are looking for new partners to help WINE get out of the lab and into another world.
Originally posted on the day Live Science.