Japan Makes a Microwave-Powered Rocket Fly Without Fuel

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Japanese researchers demonstrated launching a 126 gram rocket powered by a Gyrotron – essentially a maser – at the Naka Fusion Institute of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

Using this beam, the scientists were able to send pulses of microwave energy into the bottom of their hollow 126 gram rocket model, heating the air within to 10,000 degrees Celsius and resulting in its rapid expansion.

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