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Russia to launch satellite with perpetual engine
Автор: Yelena Zubtsova
MOSCOW, August 21 (Itar-Tass) -Russia is going to launch a space vehicle with a "perpetual engine" on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the era of space exploration. "We shall test for the first time in outer space our engine, which functions without the ejection of the reactive mass, on the micro-satellite named Yubileiny (Anniversary Satellite)," Valery Menshikov, scientific director of the Research Institute of Space Systems, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
Initially specialists intended to test the engine at the International Space Station (ISS), but they believe the experiment is going to be more accurate at the satellite. "The space vehicle will move from one orbit to another with the help of the engine, which will be turned on in an autonomous regime or after receiving the order from the Earth," Menshikov explained.
The transfer will be achieved through the movement of a liquid or solid working body inside the vehicle according to a special trajectory, which resembles a tornado, he explained. When watching the movement effect, scientists are probably watching an unknown phenomenon of the interaction of the working body and the fields, whose nature has not been studied well enough, like, for instance, the nature of the gravitation field.
The service life of the engine will be no less than 15 years, their authors say. The maximum number of switches-on is 300,000. Energy will be supplied by solar batteries.
A prototype model of the non-traditional engine has been tested on the Earth already and has been approved by the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), where it was examined. If the tests in outer space also happen to be a success, engines working without the ejection of the reactive mass could be used not only for the operation and the correction of orbits of space vehicles and orbital stations, but also as individual engines for cosmonauts during ...