NASA Partners With Arx Pax To Build Magnetic Space Tractor Beam

Posted: Sep 3 2015, 6:37am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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NASA Partners with Arx Pax to Build Magnetic Space Tractor Beam
  • Arx Pax and NASA enter a Space Act Agreement!

Arx Pax was responsible for inventing Marty McFly’s hoverboard through its magnetic field technology.

Arx Pax announced it has entered into a partnership with NASA on Wednesday. The company Arx Pax was behind making the Marty McFly’s Hoverboard a reality. It seems NASA has signed a Space Act Agreement with the company.

It means NASA will work with the company to come up with more efficient satellites. The Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) of Arx Pax will be used in constructing the satellite capturing devices.

The devices will be micro-satellite capture devices. The devices will be able to manipulate and couple satellites from a distance. The technology brings to mind the tractor beams from “Star Trek.”

“We continue to place a firm emphasis on innovation and collaboration” said Luke Murchison, On-Orbit Autonomous Assembly from Nanosatellites Project Manager, NASA Langley Research Center. “We’re confident and excited about the possibilities this agreement proposes.”

The CEO of Arx Pax, Greg Henderson explained the technology in an email. The technology can manipulate objects at distance without physically touching or colliding with them. The technology can also move objects such as satellites or hold them stationary.

The project between NASA and Arx Pax will keep on evolving and is effectively in process. The company stated they will keep on sharing details when they reach milestones in the development.

“Our collaboration marks a significant milestone for Arx Pax,” said Greg Henderson, co-founder and CEO at Arx Pax. “It’s exciting to work hand-in-hand with NASA’s brilliant team of scientists and engineers. We’re thrilled about the potential impact we can make together.”

Luke Murchison is the Project Manager at NASA Langley Research Center. According to Murchison they are excited and confident regarding the possibilities in the agreement with Arx Pax. NASA will continue to focus on innovation and collaboration.

The MFA technology by Arx Pax had already been generating a lot of buzz. The MFA technology provides magnetic elevation. Arx Pax had already been looking into using the MFA technology to protect people and structures during natural disasters.

The company described the process as isolation of structures from unwanted movement. A three part foundation system has also been patented by Arx Pax. The technology if successful will be able to "decouple" a building from the earth.

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