Original Date: 04/26/1999
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Advanced Concept Research Facility
Marshall Space Flight Center’s (MSFC’s) Advanced Concept Research Facility is in the process of developing many alternative propulsion systems for use in a space environment. Most of these methods are still in the development stage and will, if accomplished, redefine the limit of travel which is possible today. Some of the cutting edge technologies being studied include: Solar; Nuclear; Fusion; Pulsed Propulsion and Power; and Magnetohydrodynamic Propulsion. Many breakthroughs and discoveries have been uncovered during this research. Another method of potential propulsion being studied at this facility is the modification of Gravity Utilizing Superconductors.
The Pulsed Propulsion and Power research is still in the development stages and should have applications in power generation as well as propulsion. The Magnetohydrodynamic Propulsion research is facing funding constraints due to this technology’s physical limitations (e.g., weight), current configuration, and non-applicability to the space program. The modifications of Gravity Utilizing Superconductors should lead to many potential uses including bearing material as applicable to cryogenic bearing development.
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