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Cooperative Quantum Energy for Redirecting Asteroids

UAH-P-13026-Cooperative Quantum Energy for Redirecting Asteroids

Docket: UAH-P-13026

Technology

Researchers at UAH have identified a method of applying optical quantum phenomena to redirection of asteroids and other objects in space in a cooperative manner. Temporal and spatial precision of the event are maximized while the expended energy is minimized.

The object of the invention is to exert propulsive thrust on an object in space, such as an asteroid, comet, spacecraft, or other near Earth object (NEO), in a manner that will minimize the required time and energy to accomplish a given change in orbital path. The strategy utilizes coherent optical fields in the vacuum and microgravity of space in a specific cooperative manner.

An advantage of this system is its ability to exert, with maximum efficiency, a propulsive thrust useful for asteroid redirection and other related applications at a moderate distance. This invention could be useful for moving an NEO from one location in space to another or in altering the object's orbital path so as to avoid a collision with Earth.

Applications

  • Space exploration
  • Asteroid redirection
  • Altering an orbital path
  • Prevent collision of an asteroid with Earth

Advantages

  • Provides efficient propulsive thrust
  • User friendly
  • Cost effective
  • Reliable

Status

  • State of Development: Proof of concept
  • Licensing Status: Available for licensing
  • Patent Status: Proprietary