HackJam – 19th January 2016

David Lanzendörfer gave a talk about a new type of propulsion system that will hopefully one day revolutionize space travel called: “magnetoplasmadynamic thruster (MPD)“ which he has been developing for about 7 years.

Former astronaut Chang Diaz is an early pioneer and has been developing MPD rockets since 1977 such as the VaSIMR which is space based propulsion. The variation that David is developing is MPD+ion driven. (VaSIMRAP)

David is using rocket engines with technological principles similar to the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion reactor. Both technologies use helicon waves, found common during solar flares.

He is currently planning to develop the prototype rocket here in Hong Kong and is eager to meet diverse people with unique perspective based on his ideas. He can be contacted at: david.lanzendoerfer@o2s.ch

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