Scientists Are Currently Creating Real-Life Force Fields for Spaceships

Sunday, 03 January 2016 - 5:55PM
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Sunday, 03 January 2016 - 5:55PM
Scientists Are Currently Creating Real-Life Force Fields for Spaceships
Science fiction could once again become science fact if scientists succeed in their goal to create real-life force fields for spaceships used in deep space exploration.

One of the obstacles currently standing in the way of manned missions to Mars and beyond are Galactic Cosmic Rays and Solar Energetic Particles, which are believed to cause the increased likelihood of developing various types of cancer among other serious health conditions. Those on Earth are shielded from these potentially harmful types of radiation by the planet's atmosphere and magnetosphere. Until now, there was no way for astronauts to avoid these harmful types of radiation while in deep space. These proposed force fields could finally offer a solution to the dilemma.


The force fields are apparently made of magnetic superconductors. If they work, this would without doubt be an ingenious use of superconductivity. Currently, superconductors have only been found to work while in extremely cold environments, not much higher than absolute zero. The temperature of deep space offers one of the only natural environments where utilizing this type of technology is not only possible but actually extremely useful as well.

The project, called SR2S, uses these superconducting magnets to produce a magnetic field that's 3,000 times stronger than planet Earth's. Likewise, it can apparently create a 10 meter force field that can deflect cosmic rays around the surface of the spacecraft.

It's interesting to note that this technology could increase the amount of times NASA can use a single astronaut for missions in space. Once a space traveler experiences a 3 percent increase in their risk of cancer fatality due to exposure to radiation like the ones mentioned beforehand, their time in space is up for good. By blocking out Galactic Cosmic Rays and Solar Energetic Particles, however, astronauts could end up being allowed to make more trips to space due to the decreased likelihood of being exposed to such harmful rays and particles.

Tests that could sufficiently prove the usefulness of this new technology are said to be taking place sometime soon, but it could still be a number of year - decades, possibly- before it's able to be properly implemented. Nevertheless, with mankind's most coveted extra planetary destination currently being Mars, these real-life force fields have the potential of becoming a standard feature on all deep-space spacecrafts of the near future.
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