NASA To Use Hoverboard Technology

Posted: Sep 3 2015, 11:48am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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NASA To Use Hoverboard Technology
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Unfortunately, it most likely won't be an actual hoverboard.

It seems like the future is coming much more quickly than it ever has before! NASA is in talks with a hover board company to design something called a "tractor beam" that will reclaim some of the lost satellites and other "space junk" that is just floating around up there. The title of the project will be Hendo Hoverboard. The technology will be able to shape "hover engines" that can produce magnetic fields by pushing against each other with a metal conductor that is located within the engine. In essence, they will make a giant magnet.

NASA will use Arx Pax's MFA hover engine that is entitled: Magnetic Field Architecture. The goal will be to create something that can manipulate and hopefully attract satellites from a great distance. Benchmark Reporter noted that NASA seems to be quite optimistic that they will be able to use the new product in orbit. At this time, they are using them in weightless environments on our planet to see how they will work.

The company that NASA is working with is a small company named Arx Pax, which will be exploring how their technology could be used in any number of space trials, including the use on satellites. The hope is that the technology they are working on right now will allow satellites to dock with each other.

Greg Henderson is the founder of Arx Pax, and has explained the hover engine technology repeatedly to NASA's staff, hoping that they can understand the limits of everything. Henderson said, “So there are some limitations but conveniently all satellites and spacecraft are made of aluminum, which works just fine."

The technology is actually a lot simpler than people would anticipate - the engine in essence generates "swirls of electricity" that interact with the magnetic fields and within the hover engine to life itself, into the air. By manipulating those fields, the hover engine is able to make repulsion or attraction — meaning that it can make something hover.

The prototype is currently on schedule to come out in about two years, but they say that it most likely will NOT be a board. The device won't be designed for a rider, but rather with the power to attract and repel specific satellites - meaning that the board itself won't be able to move great distances, as it will need some grip.

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