Irish start-up pioneers development of propulsion system that can alter humans’ ability to travel in space
Irish space company Aerospace Propulsion Systems has begun the R&D phase of developing the ultra-high frequency propulsion system. It has a unique concept, which uses neither liquid fuel nor solid fuel. The UHF Drive propulsion system is based on the peculiarities of the interaction of ultra-high frequency and ultra-high frequency magnetic fields.
“Our UHF Drive propulsion system is a totally unique technology. Nothing like it has been built or tested before. We’ve searched carefully, and no one has this idea or anything like it. It is radically and fundamentally different from all currently known propulsion systems. The UHF Drive propulsion system can operate in any environment and does not interact with the environment in a negative way: it is able to operate in or out of the atmosphere and even underwater,said Charles Seadon, CEO of Aerospace Propulsion Systems.
The motors in a propulsion system are ultra-high frequency linear drives, which do not use any form of conventional rocket propulsion solids or fluids. Thus, they produce neither noise nor exhaust fumes. Additionally, the concept helps reduce overall weight, as no thruster adds mass to the build. Despite their small size and light weight, these motors can develop enormous power. As research shows, they can reach speeds up to 10 times faster.
It is also possible to group a number of motors together to create even more power and lift, as well as provide redundancy to greatly increase the safety of spaceflight. UHF Drive Propulsion System motors are fully reusable, making them safe for the environment. These propulsion systems can also replace the jet engines of airplanes that use conventional fuels, which are very polluting for the atmosphere.
“These units, if successful, will alter humanity’s ability to travel in space, make starships able to take off and land on any surface, and can also alter the flight of aircraft. It will mean a new era to revolutionize travel and enable speeds never seen before,said Charles Seadon.
The company is based in Ireland at the National Space Centre. The development is carried out in close collaboration with the Technical University of Munster (MTU). MTU will provide engineers, physicists, graduates and postgraduate students to assist in the development and testing of the UHF reader under the supervision of MTU Research Manager Dr. Niall Smith. Dr. Smith is a doctor of philosophy, astronomy and astrophysics and an experimental physicist. The main engineer and inventor of aerospace propulsion systems is Ukrainian.
The system is developed and tested in a secret location in Ireland, protected by the military. During the first 24 months, the company will carry out a test and development program and complete the proof of concept during the first 6 months. In total, Aerospace Propulsion Systems estimates 2 to 3 years to release the product.