- China has been using special technology on its space station
- Fuel & Time Saving With Ion Thrusters
- It will take 39 days instead of 6-8 months to go to Mars
- Till now this technology has been considered dangerous.
- China pulled out, used it for 11 consecutive months
China’s Tiangong space station is being built with such technology that the time to go to Mars can be greatly reduced. With the help of ion thrusters, the fuel consumption in going to Mars will also be reduced. The South China Morning Post report states that the space station’s first module Tianhe is using this technology.
Why is it better?
It has 4 ion thrusters. These accelerate ions by using electricity for propulsion. It has been said in the report that this module may soon become a spacecraft carrying humans with this technology for the first time in history. Ion drives are many times better than chemical propulsion.
According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it takes 4 tons of rocket fuel to keep the International Space Station in orbit for a year. The ion thruster would require only 400 kg for this time. With its help, Mars can be reached in 39 days, not in 6-8 months. China wants to use this technology not only for space stations but also for satellite groups and nuclear-powered spacecraft.
This technology is decades old, but until now due to sufficient amount of thrust, the life of astronauts and satellites were threatened. Now CAS has used it continuously for 11 months recently. With the help of magnetic field, it is ensured that the particles do not cause any damage to the engine. At the same time, a special ceramic material protects against radiation.
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