Egyptian Aisha Mustafa, 19, invents futuristic 'warp drive' for satellites

Updated: 24 May 2012
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A 19-year-old Egyptian university student called Aisha Mustafa has invented a futuristic propulsion system for spacecraft.
 
The invention 'leapfrogs' Nasa research, and uses a hi-tech quantum effect to drive satellites through space, rather than ordinary rocket engines.
 
Mustafa's invention generates energy using the Casimir-Polder force, an obscure quantum effect using two surfaces and objects in a vacuum.
 
Mustafa's invention generates energy using the Casimir-Polder force, an obscure quantum effect using two surfaces and objects in a vacuum
 
Mustafa says she hopes to test her invention on future space missions
 
The force is described as an 'invisible rubber band' between bulky objects and atoms that arises from the ever-present random fluctuation of microscopic electric fields in empty space.
 
The fluctuations get stronger near a surface, and an isolated neutral atom nearby feels the force as a 'pull'.
 
Mustafa's drive isn't exactly Warp Factor Ten material, but it provides enough energy for satellites to maneouvre gracefully through space.
 
Instead of using nuclear reactors or jets, Mustafa's satellites could generate drive using the panels.
 
Nasa had researched a similar idea using the Casimir-Polder force - with the idea of generating it around a 'sail' floating in space.
 
Mustafa's drive isn't exactly Warp Factor Ten material, but it provides enough energy for satellites to maneouvre gracefully through space

She has patented her invention Egyptian Academy of scientific Research and Technology (ASRT).
 
The 19-year-old says she aims to test her invention in future space missions.
 
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