TITLE

Warp driver

AUTHOR(S)
Fisher, Richard
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Engineer (00137758);12/10/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7665, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on Andr� Galvez who is head of the Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) at ESA. He with a group of young, driven researchers who take far-fetched ideas often from the realms of science fiction and scrutinise them with help from academia, before nudging them towards reality. He said that they cover whatever is not mainstream at ESA. They try to think of things not already considered. His team is trained to look at every possible area, from advanced propulsion to biomimetics, no matter how far out. and sort the good ideas from the impossible. They then either investigate the concept themselves or call for research proposals from European universities. In 2002 he took on his role leading ACT and in his two year tenure has already commissioned a raft of projects in European universities, including feasibility studies into astronaut hibernation, advanced Mars rovers that roll like tumbleweed and the possibility of using lasers to transmit power through space.
ACCESSION #
15359045

 

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