Microwaves Could Power Tomorrow's Space Shuttles

The same electromagnetic radiation used to heat up a Hot Pocket could propel a shuttle into space. A Colorado-based technology company, Escape Dynamics, says initial testing indicates it’s possible to launch single-stage shuttles into orbit using microwaves beamed from the ground. If researchers can make the concept work, it could drastically reduce costs and make it safer to send satellites and humans into space. Microwaves vs. Propellant Currently, we rely on multistage rockets packed

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