China claims to have the world’s first material for light-propelled spaceflight

Graphene film

Graphene film

The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media:

According to xinhuanet.com’s report on June 19, through 3 years of research, Prof. Chen Yongsheng of the College of Chemistry and Prof. Tian Jianguo of the Institute of Physics, Nankai University have obtained a special graphene material for light-driven flight.

Due to the special electronic characteristic of graphene and the macrostructure and form of the material, the material is able to get driving force from light 1,000 times greater than ordinary light pressure.

The website’s reporter claimed to have seen with his own eyes a graphene sponge in the shape of a round biscuit move 40 cm horizontally and vertically with the propulsion of various kinds of light.

Prof. Chen said that according to his calculation, a 500kg load with a driving sail made of the graphene material can get at least an acceleration of 0.09 m/s in theory.

To date, chemical propulsion is used for almost all aviation and spaceflight, but chemical propulsion limited exploration of the universe due to the limit of chemical fuel a spaceship can carry.

As there is light in the universe, flight directly propelled by light has long been scientists’ and astronauts’ dream.

Now China will make such a dream come true.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: xinhuanet.com – “China’s new material can fly by light propulsion, the first ever time light is used to propel an object” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 



Categories: Defence & Aerospace

Tags: , , , , , ,

3 replies

  1. Not if America bombs the crap out of you!

    Like

Trackbacks

  1. China claims to have the world’s first material for light-propelled spaceflight | China Daily Mail | GodfreyDaily
  2. Intelwars2 *Breaking News Headlines!* – For Tomorrows News, Today, July 2, 2015. – The Constitution – The Bill of Rights – And The Ten Commandments Are Under Assault! 24 Hour Emergency Broadcast Lines! (512) 646 – 5000 or (605) 562 – 7701. | S

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: