A concept image of a spacecraft powered by a fusion-driven rocket. Image © University of Washington
The NASA’s propulsion system, will use a nuclear reactor to heat hydrogen to create thrust.
In comparison, a grain of sand of material has the same energy as a gallon of rocket fuel.
The advances in manipulating nuclear fusion could means that we are now “a step closer to our nearest planetary neighbour.”
Lead researcher John Slough, said:
“Using existing rocket fuels, it’s nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth.
We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace.”