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Egyptian Teenager Invents New Space Propulsion System Based On Quantum Physics
Gizmodo ^ | May 29, 2012 | Mario Aguilar

Posted on 05/30/2012 9:27:05 AM PDT by Altariel

Precocious young physicist Aisha Mustafa just patented a new system that could propel spacecrafts to the final frontier without using a drop of fuel.

In short her system taps one of the odder facets of quantum theory, which posits that space isn't really a vacuum. It's really filled with particles and anti-particles that exist for infinitesimally small periods of time before destroying each other. Mustafa thinks she can harness them to create propulsion, resulting in space craft that need little-to-no fuel to maneuver around in space. Fast Company reports:

Mustafa invented a way of tapping this quantum effect via what's known as the dynamic Casimir effect. This uses a "moving mirror" cavity, where two very reflective very flat plates are held close together, and then moved slightly to interact with the quantum particle sea. It's horribly technical, but the end result is that Mustafa's use of shaped silicon plates similar to those used in solar power cells results in a net force being delivered. A force, of course, means a push or a pull and in space this equates to a drive or engine.

Propulsion in space is incredibly easy to achieve because there aren't any particles to get in the way, but until now we've been completely reliant on engines to do the work. Engines create propulsion by burning chemical fuels—these fuels are heavy and expensive, making some of the crazy exploration we'd like to do impossible. Mustafa's system could let the laws physics do the heavy-lifting instead.

Of course, Mustafa needs to work on the design much more and figure out how to get funding for the ambitious adventure. We hope some organization with deep pockets steps up because the science is remarkable.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aishamustafa; comicbookscientist; dynamiccasimireffect; space; stringtheory

1 posted on 05/30/2012 9:27:16 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

But can she drive a car?


2 posted on 05/30/2012 9:28:32 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("You forget, it isn't who you claim, but instead, who claims you. We don't claim you!")
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To: Altariel

Sure she did.....


3 posted on 05/30/2012 9:29:01 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Dr. Sivana

or ride a bike or a skateboard?


4 posted on 05/30/2012 9:30:45 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Altariel
This young woman needs to be taken to the US or UK at the first opportunity.

She has no future in Egypt, and could possibly be in danger, since the ideal of a woman scientist is probably enough to send some Islamist over the edge.

5 posted on 05/30/2012 9:33:49 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Altariel

So... “Bhurka-nauts”?


6 posted on 05/30/2012 9:34:29 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Altariel

“In short her system taps one of the odder facets of quantum theory, which posits that space isn’t really a vacuum. It’s really filled with particles and anti-particles that exist for infinitesimally small periods of time before destroying each other.”

“Propulsion in space is incredibly easy to achieve because there aren’t any particles to get in the way...”

So which is it? :)


7 posted on 05/30/2012 9:36:13 AM PDT by GoDuke
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To: Altariel
It's horribly technical...

Sure it is!

8 posted on 05/30/2012 9:37:53 AM PDT by gr8eman (Ron Swanson for President!)
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To: Altariel
Another Zero Point Energy gig...
9 posted on 05/30/2012 9:39:45 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Altariel

She invented a ZPM?


10 posted on 05/30/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: mojito
She has no future in Egypt, and could possibly be in danger, since the ideal of a woman scientist is probably enough to send some Islamist over the edge.

Indeed, there is a rapidly closing window of opportunity before she is transported back to the 7th century

11 posted on 05/30/2012 9:43:04 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Extraneous Wind sends ...)
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To: Altariel

Science fiction writers have been positing such propulsion systems for years finding one that functions in the real world that is another story.


12 posted on 05/30/2012 9:48:41 AM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: Altariel

Sounds like she may be plagerizing from A Gedanken Spacecraft that Operates Using the Quantum Vacuum (Dynamic Casimir Effect).


13 posted on 05/30/2012 9:48:45 AM PDT by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds, in being a one term president.)
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To: Altariel

Sounds like she may be plagerizing from A Gedanken Spacecraft that Operates Using the Quantum Vacuum (Dynamic Casimir Effect).


14 posted on 05/30/2012 9:49:00 AM PDT by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds, in being a one term president.)
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To: Altariel
It's horribly technical,

As are the explanations for most "scientific" scams.

and figure out how to get funding for the ambitious adventure

Can anyone say "suckers?"

15 posted on 05/30/2012 9:49:00 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Altariel
Mustafa thinks she can harness them to create propulsion

Always the weasel words.
16 posted on 05/30/2012 9:52:29 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: cripplecreek

Sounds a bit like the “Infinite Improbability Drive”


17 posted on 05/30/2012 9:58:51 AM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: Altariel
dynamic Casimir effect

I've been saying this for years .... but nobody will listen to me.

18 posted on 05/30/2012 10:01:38 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Altariel
dynamic Casimir effect

I've been saying this for years .... but nobody will listen to me.

19 posted on 05/30/2012 10:01:46 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

How does she propose to get us off the launch pad?


20 posted on 05/30/2012 10:03:34 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Altariel

Flying Carpet?


21 posted on 05/30/2012 10:10:54 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Altariel

Let’s hope she leaves the country before the Brotherhood bans women from the workplace.


22 posted on 05/30/2012 10:19:52 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: Altariel

This sounds like a concept described by Arthur C. Clarke in “Songs of Distant Earth”.


23 posted on 05/30/2012 10:22:17 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Regulator; cripplecreek

"I always save the best stuff for myself."


24 posted on 05/30/2012 10:31:01 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: GoDuke

That sure leaves a big gapping hole for this story to fall into.


25 posted on 05/30/2012 10:35:26 AM PDT by jusduat (on the mercy of the Lord alone.)
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To: Altariel

Too late. I’m completing a Bussard Ramjet in my garage.

I just need to figure out how to connect the ‘70’s SF author MacGuffin, and it will be done.


26 posted on 05/30/2012 10:39:33 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Altariel
Show of hands: who thinks the girl named after the 10-year old molestation victim of the false prophet Mohammed actually invented zero point energy?

None?

And, hold your hands up high, who thinks this is just another "see, Muslims do science too" story to pump up the Muzzies in Egypt so that the Muslim Brotherhood doesn't seem so scary?

Looks pretty unanimous to me.

27 posted on 05/30/2012 10:49:16 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: scottteng

“Doc” Travis Taylor beat her this by a looooong way.

http://www.doctravis.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Warp-Speed-Travis-Taylor/dp/0743488628%3FSubscriptionId%3D1XFK01HK9NZWGPENWGG2%26tag%3Ddoctravis-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0743488628


28 posted on 05/30/2012 10:49:52 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: NonValueAdded

not that official “education” will ever do a genius much good, but in her case it won’t matter because being of the inferior class she won’t be allowed to go to a college anyway....


29 posted on 05/30/2012 10:56:12 AM PDT by cherry
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To: cripplecreek
She invented a ZPM?

No she invented the matter/ anti-matter engine for the Starship Enterprise, and the guys on the "Big Bang Theory" are gonna be PI$$ED that she did it before them.

30 posted on 05/30/2012 11:10:13 AM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: Little Ray

That was a good read as I recall but he was far from the first with an innovative drive. I think my favorite is still the X metal and copper drive of ee smith.


31 posted on 05/30/2012 12:20:15 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: scottteng

I liked it when one of the Skylarks shot it out with an entire galaxy - and the hero was upset because it was a draw!


32 posted on 05/30/2012 1:03:15 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Altariel
It's horribly technical...

But I'm sure Mustafa has made a working model.

Otherwise, she hasn't really "invented" it yet, has she?

33 posted on 05/30/2012 3:24:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Altariel
Any guesses on how long it will take Obama to take credit for this, on the grounds that he diverted NASA funds towards Islamic outreach?

-PJ

34 posted on 05/30/2012 3:32:55 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: KevinDavis; AdmSmith; bvw; callisto; ckilmer; dandelion; ganeshpuri89; gobucks; Las Vegas Dave; ...

Thanks Altariel.


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35 posted on 06/03/2012 2:33:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Altariel

Don’t trust a physicist who obviously doesn’t understand the First Law of Thermodyamics.

1. You can’t win
2. You can’t break even
3. You can’t get out of the game


36 posted on 06/03/2012 2:37:03 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Rinnwald

Bussard Ramjet? Ya.

On that premise, I once calculated how much hydrogen could be gathered up by a 1 square meter scoop swept from here to Alpha Centauri.

0.01g.

Not happening.


37 posted on 06/03/2012 2:41:24 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Altariel; SunkenCiv

I have not seen any technical article about it, so I can not say anything except that there is probably a similar device described here http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20110023492


38 posted on 06/03/2012 3:38:34 PM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: ctdonath2

We’re gonna need a bigger scoop.


39 posted on 06/03/2012 7:24:29 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

Sounds a bit like the “Infinite Improbability Drive”


I’m willing to give it a chance if she can prove she used Bistromathics in the development.


40 posted on 06/03/2012 7:33:30 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: AdmSmith
Thxs, that was very interesting. :-)

41 posted on 06/03/2012 8:40:03 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: scottteng

David Drake has been using this system in his “Daniel Leary” series for about twenty years. I wonder which authors she reads.


42 posted on 06/03/2012 8:53:07 PM PDT by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
"I’m willing to give it a chance if she can prove she used Bistromathics in the development."

Good point.... where is Zaphod Beeblebrox when we need him?

43 posted on 06/04/2012 5:05:04 AM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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