Monday, September 20, 2021

THE RUSSIANS PLAN TO CREATE A SPACESHIP THAT CAN REACH THE LIMITS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

  Russian scientists are developing a donut-shaped spacecraft that can reach the farthest corners of the solar system in record time, recharging directly from the sun.

  According to Professor Roman Kezerashvili, a research participant and member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the spacecraft would have a round structure, be inflatable and could accelerate without additional engines.

 Scientists at Samara State University are working on developing a method of supplying the Sun directly, allowing the spacecraft to exceed the speeds of the fastest probes, reaching the farthest reaches of the solar system.  The plate covering the center of this spacecraft is a solar sail.

 It's coated in a special substance that will begin to evaporate as the sunlight approaches, giving the spacecraft an acceleration boost equivalent to jet propulsion without carrying heavy engines.

 Scientists believe the spacecraft will help discover the origins of comets and may even provide electricity for future colonists on Mars.

  The duration of flights to other stars is enormous.  The high-speed space probe Voyager 1 will take 300 years to reach the Oort cloud.  Our sailboat could reach it in 20-30 years”, explained Professor Olga Stárinova, project director and collaborator at the Department of Space Engineering at the University of Samara.

 The Oort Cloud is a spherical cloud of trans-Neptunian objects (any object in the solar system whose orbit is located beyond Neptune's orbit) that is located on the outskirts of the solar system and has not been directly observed.

  This means that we or the next generation will be able to obtain evidence of the existence of this cloud that presumably spawns all comets, and study what remains from the time when the solar system formed, about 4.6 billion years ago,” explained Stárinova .

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